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Asustainability grant scheme to help childminders living in deprived areas in England has been only a limited success, a report for the Department for Education and Skills has revealed. The report, Assessing the operation and impact of the childminder sustainability grant, found that Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships reported a low take-up of the grants, despite publicity.

New Labour has piloted some innovative childcare programmes but, argues Julian Grenier , its business model for delivering public services is not going to work

Harry Harrington is a special teddy bear. His owner Chrissie Clark has developed a huge personality for this furry friend who helps improve standards in the classroom

At the Thomas Coram Early Childhood Centre, observation and assessment is the key to effective planning - and a powerful tool for staff development and parent involvement, says Wendy Scott

Nurseries and early years professionals will be expected to play a greater role in monitoring childrens health under new proposals from the Scottish Executive.

Sure Start programmes operating in rural areas of England face higher per capita costs and greater shortages of skilled staff than in urban areas, compounding the logistical difficulties of delivering services to scattered populations, according to a report from the Countryside Agency.

A severe allergic reaction in a child can be fatal. The doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital explain how to deal with a child who needs emergency treatment

Young children are being denied the chance to learn social and intellectual skills through play when they start school by the Government's emphasis on tests and league tables, claims an academic study.

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