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A vision for developing support for parents over the next two and a half years in Wales has been set out by the Welsh Assembly. The Parenting Action Plan, launched last week, aims to raise the profile of parenting by encouraging parents and carers to take a more active role in planning services for their children.

In response to Adriano Caria (Letters, 10 November), at Discovery Childcare we work as a team and I am sure that all of the staff members who are part of this team would agree that our standards are high and that they enjoy working here. However, you do get the odd one who will not perform to the standards set down by the team, and this is when we get the problems, as set out in my first letter (22 September).

At Cockfield Primary School nursery class we have been developing resources in our outdoor area to include exciting new learning opportunities across all areas of the curriculum, says Judith Cowley. We make the most of the space by encouraging the children...

A resource as basic as a bucket, and inspiration from an imaginative children's book, can provide the children in your setting with limitless activities, starting with these suggested by Helen Bromley The story of Billy's Bucket, written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Garry Parsons (Red Fox, 5.99) makes a brightly coloured, attractive picture book that provides an ideal basis for an early years project.

The National Day Nurseries Association is urging all local authorities to hold events for their local childcare community and openly discuss their plans for creating Sure Start Children's Centres with private and voluntary nursery providers. The aim is...

Nigel Williams, Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, has launched an online diary, or 'blog' to record his meetings with children, young people and the organisations representing them. The NICCYblog also allows visitors to write...

Ofsted's evaluation of the Primary National Strategy, published last week, has found that overall it was having 'a positive impact' on primary schools. The report also looked at transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 and found that two-thirds of schools had good induction arrangements and that these were 'at least satisfactory in almost all schools visited'.

A forum to promote collaborative childcare research in Northern Ireland was launched at Queen's University Belfast last week. It includes a new internet database to provide a central reference point of work being carried out in Northern Ireland for practitioners and professionals working with children in social care, education, psychology and nursing.

A scheme to help small community organisations develop policies and practices to keep children safe from abuse is to be piloted by the NSPCC with a grant of 717,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. The NSPCC points out that local community groups, including...

It's a wonderful moment when you notice that your child has got their first tooth. That glint of white in the gummy mouth is something to treasure. But what should you do if your child starts to use their teeth to bite you or - even worse - other children? When is a child likely to start biting?

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