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Nursery chain grows by five

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  • Wednesday, April 9, 2003
The Just Learning nursery chain has added five new day nurseries to its portfolio in a series of three deals across England. The new nurseries will bring the number of places provided by Just Learning up to a total of 3,332. The chain was listed as the seventh-largest UK nursery group in the November 2002 issue of the Nursery World supplement Nursery Chains, and its latest acquisitions would have put it in fifth place, ahead of Bright Horizons Family Solutions and Kidsunlimited.

Growing up

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  • Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Just because your club hasn't got a garden doesn't mean you can't enjoy growing plants. With spring here, this is the time to start planting, says Gail Bushell. close your eyes and imagine: the touch and feel of soft velvety rose petals; the smell of a carpet of bluebells on a bright, early spring day; the taste of your own freshly picked bright red tomatoes; sunflowers, heads all pointing the same direction as they reach for the hot sun; the sound of water trickling through stones and gleaming as it catches the bright sunlight.

Be reassured

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  • Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Being informed and staying calm are the keys for childcarers who have a child with epilepsy in their charge, says Annette Rawstrone Epilepsy affects an estimated 21,000 children under the age of five in the UK, and it is likely that most childcarers during their career will care for at least one child with the condition. Epilepsy, which is the tendency to have recurrent seizures, is the second most common neurological disorder after migraine. The role of a childcarer in dealing with the condition is crucial, says Amanda Dwyer, information services officer at the charity Epilepsy Action .

Bill for children's champion passes

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  • Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Scotland came a step closer to giving children their own human rights champion after a Bill to establish a Commissioner for Children and Young People was passed last week. The commissioner, expected to be in post by the start of 2004, will act as an independent 'voice' promoting and safeguarding the interests of children and making recommendations directly to the Scottish Parliament.

Advertising Standards Authority

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  • Wednesday, April 2, 2003
A nursery that claimed in the local Essex press, 'We have just been voted the number one childcare provider', has been asked to remove this wording from advertisements after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld a complaint about it. The Sunshine Day Nursery in Westcliff-on-Sea based its claim on a survey carried out in Sunshine Babyworld, a supermarket owned by one of its sister companies. The ASA ruled that 'the methodology of the survey was flawed' and was 'likely to mislead people into thinking the accolade had been given by an independent organisation'. The survey asked people to rate four nurseries, two of which were other Sunshine Day Nursery Schools in Essex and one that was another nursery provider.

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