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Are HMRC nursery closures a sign of what's to come?

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  • Friday, August 31, 2012
The future of Government department nurseries has been put in doubt following the announcement that the HMRC is to close all of its nurseries operated by Bright Horizons and news that the Land Registry has closed two of its settings.

QuILT: Covering every aspect of quality

Judith Twani, independent early years consultant, trainer and early education improvement officer for Thurrock Council, explains how a modular quality assurance and improvement scheme is proving both versatile and enduring for a range of settings

Nursery in parent partnership first

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  • Friday, June 22, 2012
Stockport College-owned nursery Oliver Owls has become the first private day nursery in England to receive the Leading Parent Partnership Accreditation Award (LPPA).

To the point - Prevention not cure

David Cameron's recent turn to domestic policy with his 'Can Parent' classes is to be welcomed. Repositioning parenting classes as support for all, rather than a penalty for 'poor parents' is a good first step to encourage uptake. The next will be to ensure the service reaches the vulnerable, as well as the proactive.

To the point: Today not tomorrow

A children's author serving on an official commission on childcare noticed that many subcommittees were busily making recommendations around a central problem: 'It was generally agreed that the country was full of the wrong sort of people. There were strong opinions about what constituted a desirable citizenry and what should be done to children to procure one for the future.'

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