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Working Mum - Come clean!

After witnessing uncleanliness in a nursery toilet, Working Mum wonders why staff can’t keep a closer eye on this area

OVERVIEW: Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey 2010

The 2010 early years providers survey, carried out by the Department of Education, points to greater losses and more vacancies but many of this year's findings may be affected, in part, by changes to the sampling process. Here are some of the main findings:

Management round table: implementing a smoking ban

Manager's dilemma:'I would very much like to ban smoking from my nursery but as quite a large percentage of our staff are smokers I am not sure where to start. I understand that it is legal to request that no-one smokes on the premises but I am worried about enforcing this, and the ill-will it might cause.'

In my view - Centres work on work

Parents on benefits have to be actively seeking work when their children turn seven; next year it goes down to five. I run a programme that helps parents find work, and many say they are not ready for employment at this point. Some believe their children are too young; most, however, are not confident in their abilities, their skills or their chances of finding a job in the current labour market.

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