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Children from many nationalities are learning together at a school which also provides a rich cultural experience for early years practitioners. Their daily life is described by staff at the International Nursery School in Bucharest

Our nursery has seen a new Neighbourhood Nursery open just one mile away. At no time have we been approached either by the owners or by the local childcare partnership for our view, nor to discuss how best we can work together to meet the childcare needs of our local community.

(Photograph) - More than 40 children staged a fasion show at Aberdeen's Hilton Treetops Hotel to raise 2,000 for NHS Grampian's Tartan Tots Nursery at Cornhill Hospital. Mothercare, Pumpkin Patch and Asda provided clothes from their autumn ranges. Nursery nurse Tracey Joss said, 'The night went well and they really enjoyed themselves.' Photo Paul Reid

I feel 'Nurseries Undercover' was one-sided and sensationalised. Yes, the footage was appalling and the staff in question should not be working with children. However, our job is hard enough as it is - low pay, long hours and very little thanks - without criticism from such a small piece of research. Mrs Sinclair, nursery manager, Harrow, Middlesex 9 September

Voices from across the early years field express what they would like to come of the changes already in progress after an eventful year, summarised by Liz Fox The past 12 months have seen a wealth of developments in the early years and childcare sector. In England, the Government rolled out the first Children's Centres and extended schools, and in Scotland nursery nurses fought for improved pay and conditions in a long-running strike.

Grandparents are being recruited by a nursery chain to beat staff shortages. Tops Day Nurseries, which operates nine nurseries across the south of England, hopes to find grandparents aged from 50 to 75 for part-time roles.

(Photograph) - More than 400 children from 16 primary schools from the London Borough of Southwark gathered in Shakespeare's Globe theatre for this year's winter concert on 9 December. African drumming replaced European instruments as children performed a series of songs, including 'Let it Snow', 'Winter Wonderland' and 'The Holly and the Ivy'. More than 1,400 people attended the free event that is now in its seventh year. Photo Matt Gore

By Vicki Shotbolt, communications director, National Family and Parenting Institute Marketers are after our children, and Christmas brings even more pressure. Evidence suggests that marketers and advertising agencies target children both in their own right and to reach adults.

Our weekly columnist Beatrix Campbell questions New Labour's attitude towards children's interests We move in to a new year clearer than ever about that faded flower, New Labour, once vaunted as light on ideology and heavy on pragmatism and joined-up governance.

Children from nurseries and primary schools across the UK are invited on a 15-minute walk in the playground to raise money for terminally ill cancer patients. Marie Curie Cancer is looking for 150,000 pairs of little feet - representative of the number of people who die of cancer in the UK each year - to take part in Little Feet Big Feat on 18 March. See www.mariecurie.org.uk/little feetbigfeat or call 080 716 146.

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