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Educational therapist Andrea Clifford Poston answers your queries about child behaviour Q. A five-year-old in my class feels he has to do everything perfectly right away. We have tried to praise and encourage him, but as soon as he meets a difficulty he gives up and gets upset, saying, 'I can't do it right'. A. What we are dealing with here is this boy's self image and what he believes makes him lovable.

Pre-school children in Cameroon will have plenty of presents to open this Christmas thanks to the hard work and generosity of Old MacDonald's Day Nursery in Hertfordshire. In November, children, staff and parents from Old MacDonald's began collecting gifts to send to Diligent Bilingual School in Cameroon. Nursery children wrapped up more than 30 presents which were sent by boat to arrive in Africa in time for Christmas.

Our series on the Celebrating Young Childen project by Foundation Stage regional advisor Jane Cole looks at how practitioners supported one child's creativity When Ione's family moved into the Hythe area of Kent from north-west England her eldest sister Molly joined Hythe Community School. While getting to know the school community, her mother Sally involved herself and her two younger daughters, Mia and Ione, in a range of family and learning opportunities offered by the school.

* We have ten copies of Billy's Bucket written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Garry Parsons (Red Fox, 5.99) to give away to Nursery World readers. Send your name and address on the back of a postcard or envelope, marked 'Billy's Bucket', to the address on page 3. Winners will be the first ten names drawn on 12 January.

Lesley Staggs, the first-ever national director of the Foundation Stage, has resigned from her post amid rumours that restructuring of the management at National Strategies has made her position untenable. It is also believed that political pressure to put measures such as those on phonics proposed by the Rose review in the Early Years Foundation Stage (see p6) has contributed to Ms Staggs' decision. One early years expert told Nursery World, 'She can't do the job she was appointed to do.'

In the final article in our series on preparing for Ofsted inspections, Laura Henry advises settings on the importance of organisation The fifth outcome of Every Child Matters is 'Helping children to achieve economic well-being'. For the purpose of inspection this outcome does not relate to the National Standards. However, providing a first-rate childcare and educational service for children and their families will help their economic and social status within society.

(Photograph) - Children from Dulwich Wood Nursery in the London Borough of Southwark took part in a Concert for Winter at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on 8 December. More than 300 children in schools and nurseries across the borough came together to perform traditional and modern songs celebrating peace, including 'Silent Night', John Lennon's 'Merry Christmas War is Over' and Bob Marley's 'One Love'.

The benefits of nursery education are good for the economy, a UK study has found. The Institute of Fiscal Studies' report, which looks at the effects of early education on a cohort of children born in 1958, found that adults who received schooling before the age of five were more likely to be employed, hold qualifications and earn higher salaries. Those who attended a nursery or playgroup also had a marginally significant wage gain at age 33.

It seems that 2005 is going out with a bang rather than a whimper, with the news that Lesley Staggs is leaving her post as national director of the Foundation Stage (see News, page 4). The sound of alarm bells, instead of Christmas bells, can be heard...

A practitioner's strong, trusting relationship with a child will stand up to their most challenging behaviour and could motivate them to do better, says Sue Roffey When a child's behaviour presents difficulties in an early years centre, the relationships that staff develop with both that child and with their family will make all the difference to what happens, both now and in the future.

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