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Editor's view

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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2002
You'll notice a few changes in this week's Nursery World, as we start to bring in some of the exciting new features we've got planned for 2002. Our pull-out activities section (pages 17-20) takes a fresh approach with a project running every week, tailored to meet the requirements of the Foundation Stage and other early years curricula for practitioners to respond to children's interests and allow for plenty of child-initiated activities. Snow and ice is the first theme, so that you can take advantage of the seasonal weather. The front page of the pull-out will also incorporate new elements, including this week's ICT activity for the nursery. Our new early years curriculum series gets back to basics, beginning with a look at opportunities for mathematical learning in the home corner (see pages 12-13). An accompanying column focuses on observation and assessment, with a case study to discuss.

NSPCC joins in register calls

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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2002
Aleading child protection charity has joined campaigners calling on the Government to introduce a national register of all childcarers, including nannies. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has added its voice to campaigners calling for a register. The move follows two separate court cases last month involving a childminder and a nanny.

Quote of the week

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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2002
'It really is an honour, but the real joy has been seeing a child with cerebral palsy go from pulling himself along the ground to joining in with all the things that young children do' Ann Douglas, former headteacher of Balham Nursery School in London, who received an OBE for services to special needs, the TES

New meets old at New Lanark

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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2002
(Photograph) - Children can explore all the colours of the rainbow at a new gallery on the site of the world's first nursery school in Scotland. New Lanark, on the banks of the River Clyde, was awarded World Heritage status at the end of last year. It became famous as a model community in the early 19th century under the management of Robert Owen, who introduced social and educational reforms for the benefit of mill workers, including a progressive school where corporal punishment was banned and young children were given the freedom to play and socialise.

Twins: Two by two

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  • Wednesday, January 2, 2002
You can respect twin children's characteristics while treating the two of them as unique individuals. Dr Penny Munn gives advice for sensitive double dealing

In brief...

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  • Wednesday, January 2, 2002
A training programme for staff working with children to help them respond to suspected child sexual abuse has been introduced by the NSPCC. The charity's Educare programme, 'Creating a culture of safety', is a distance learning scheme aimed at people working in after-school clubs, leisure facilities or for any organisation providing activities for children or for adults who are accompanied by children. The programme confronts myths about adults who pose a threat to children, as well as covering recruitment practices and what to do when witnessing worrying behaviour. Contact the NSPCC on 020 7825 2775.

In brief...

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  • Wednesday, January 2, 2002
The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has pledged that the country's Executive will protect children's rights, meet their needs and include their voices. Last month Mark Durkan met in Belfast with Olara Otunnu, the United Nations special representative for armed conflict and children, and told him the Province's proposed commissioner for children would be 'a visible sign of this commitment'. He said, 'This unique appointment will help us to meet our aim of putting Northern Ireland at the leading edge of best practice in children's issues.' He also said the Executive planned to bring forward a ten-year strategy for children and young people that would take account of the role played by parents and families.

Children as young as four are being permanently excluded from school

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  • Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Children as young as four are are being permanently excluded from school in England, Government data for the year 2000-01 has revealed. According to the Office for National Statistics, 13 four-year-olds - 12 boys and one girl - were permanently removed from their schools, as were 52 five-year-olds - 49 boys and three girls. By the age of six, 95 boys and eight girls were permanently excluded from school. The number of permanent exclusions overall, at just over 9,100 - 80 per cent of them from secondary schools - is the highest since 1998-99.

Splish, splosh!

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  • Wednesday, December 4, 2002
When it comes to finding a material that will appeal to all babies and toddlers, water has natural advantages, says When the rain came back this autumn, I was outside trying to negotiate the dips in the pavement without getting my feet wet when I saw a toddler with his father just ahead of me. The young boy was fully kitted out in brightly coloured wellingtons, mackintosh and rain hat. He was positively bouncing with joy. He went into the shallow puddles with feet full down, and then experimented by going in on tippy-toe. With a short run-up, the toddler went for the more exciting dips with both feet together. His father was patient and they worked their way along the street, splashing as they went.

Planning a dance session

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  • Wednesday, December 4, 2002
A planned dance session should have distinct phases that are appropriate to the children's stage of development. When planning such a session, practitioners will need to take account of factors such as the children's range of ages, abilities, interests, concentration span and physical strength. Introduction

Software review: Fetch the Vet

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  • Wednesday, December 4, 2002
The 'Fetch the Vet' CD-Rom complements the ITV children's series. Set in Tom Fetch's surgery, it incorporates favourite video clips and uses seven interactive activities for three-to six-year-olds. However, the CD-Rom requires over 50MB of hard disc space and an up-to-date machine (Pentium II or equivalent) that can cope with the video clips incorporated into the games. Installing the software is not straightforward, since additional video drivers need to be loaded.

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