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A great yarn

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  • Wednesday, March 8, 2006
To give children the satisfaction of creating something for themselves, why not initiate them into the ancient craft of French knitting? Here Christine Green explains how Knitting is making a comeback. Julia Roberts, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker are all partial to knitting one, purling one - even Russell Crowe has been pictured with knitting needles. But how many people have heard of French knitting?

Parents can see banned carers online

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  • Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Parents will be able to make online checks on the background of any prospective nanny under new legislation to vet all those working with children. Under measures set out in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill, published last week, domestic employers will be able to check whether nannies, private tutors, music teachers or care workers have been banned from working with children.

Educational and training charity the Trojans Scheme has been renamed Kids'

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  • Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Educational and training charity the Trojans Scheme has been renamed Kids' City by local children in south London. Kids' City runs out-of-school and holiday clubs in Lambeth and Wandsworth. Streatham MP Keith Hill and Baroness Thornton hosted a party at the House of Commons to celebrate the announcement.

The Letterland way

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  • Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Janet Moyles wrote a most informative feature ('Sound effects', 9 February) which I'm sure caused many early years practitioners to reflect on their practice. I am a parent partnership coach, helping education and health professionals to evaluate and build these important partnerships. With regards to reading and, in particular, phonics, I would like to tell you of the excellent partnership work that I have observed in school nursery classes and daycare nurseries that use 'Letterland' as a pre-reading scheme.

Editor's view

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  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
The issue of pay - the low levels - in the early years and childcare sector is never far from the top of people's minds, and, whatever the effect of the Transformation Fund money on salaries, one suspects that this will continue to be the case. In this week's issue, we report on the Scottish Executive findings that private nurseries are having severe difficulties recruiting staff, with vacancies remaining unfilled for long periods because of competition from state settings (see News, page 4) and because they can't meet wage demands.

Let's get real about nappies

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  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
By Sonia Fevre, project officer, Women's Environmental Network Imagine a world where babies wear comfy cotton nappies, save their parents money and avoid producing landfill waste from their nappy changes.

Fit to govern

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2006
If an academic degree is in your bag of tricks, you could make big money as a governess with a new agency that opened last month, called, what else, The English Governess. The York-based agency will place childcare candidates with expatriate and foreign families around the world to deliver home education and teach the children in English. Founder Catherine Suckling, who has a scholarly and international background herself, says, 'Children taught by a governess over a period of years will generally become completely bilingual.' She's now interviewing for live-in positions paying upwards of 20,000 gross and places a premium on those with music or sports skills. For information see www.englishgoverness.com or phone 01904 651 804.

Wellholme Centre in Brighouse

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2006
* Wellholme Centre in Brighouse, a 25-place council-run nursery in West Yorkshire, has also received a Quality Counts award. Manager Marie Reid said, 'We recently received a very good Ofsted report. But the NDNA scheme is about achieving higher than the national standards and being recognised as high quality provision for children and their families.'

Children at Clutha Day Nursery in Kinning Park, Glasgow

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2006
(Photograph) - Children at Clutha Day Nursery in Kinning Park, Glasgow, learn how to look after their teeth in a scheme by Greater Glasgow NHS to tackle poor oral health in the city. The scheme promotes dental hygiene by encouraging children to cut out sugary snacks and drinks and brush their teeth at least once a day. It has proved so successful in reducing tooth decay rates in under-fives at nurseries that the pilot , which has been running for the past five years, will now be extended to nursery children across Glasgow.. Photograph by Photo Chris James

Kidsunlimited's Macintosh nursery

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2006
* Kidsunlimited's Macintosh nursery in Manchester city centre celebrates its first anniversary this week. The state-of-the-art nursery, based in the environmentally friendly 'green building', boasts two outdoor play areas and on-street parking for parents.

Go with the flow

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Babies and young children learn through play experiences in which they determine how it will develop, says Jennie Lindon A cornerstone of good early years practice is that children learn a great deal through play. This principle applies just as much to babies and very young children as it does to slightly older ones.

Music corner

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2006
One-to-one music and movement activities Young children enjoy moving, which is a way for them to find out more about their bodies, the world around them, their relationships with others and themselves. Adults can offer playful support, exciting variety and safe exploration.

A degree of sense

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2006
At our nursery there are three senior members of staff who have a lot of experience in a variety of settings, including all having worked in schools alongside qualified teachers. In our experience, the majority of teachers working with children under the age of seven have virtually no knowledge of child development and acknowledge this fact. But current training is beginning to address the issue.

Every Child Matters: Change for Children grants

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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Voluntary organisations working with children, young people and families to support the outcomes of the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme are to receive a 17m grant, children's minister Beverley Hughes said last week. Funds of up to 1.9m each have been awarded to 65 groups for 2006-07 under the Children, Young People and Families Grant Programme. For the full list, visit www.everychildmatters.gov.uk.

Primary concern

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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Are private daycare providers threatened by schools - and do schools want to compete with them? Simon Vevers tests the water When the Government gave the green light to schools to develop full daycare on site as part of a package of extended services, the schools were urged to work with local private providers and not duplicate provision.

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