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An internationally successful autism programme for children aged 18-40 months is launching in the UK. The USA's early autism intervention programme, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), is being launched by the Re:Cognition Health clinic.

Hailed as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs in 2012, ESDM is a play-based therapy that has rapidly been adopted in the USA, Canada, Australia and France as an effective method for treating toddlers with autism. Several published studies have shown evidence of improvements in cognitive skills and IQ, language and social behaviour of young children who have received early treatment with the ESDM programme.

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Morton Michel Annual Childcare Survey 2018

Morton Michel invites you reflect on these issues in their 2018 survey and your answers will enable them to paint a picture of where the childcare industry is and provide an indication of where it is going. 

Last year has been momentous for the childcare industry. The introduction of 30 Free Hours in England and the beginnings of similar policies across the rest of the UK may herald a change in the way childcare is delivered. At the same time, questions of recruitment and retention have raised their heads and will necessarily affect the future of childcare. These concerns all take place against the background of the increasingly digitisedworld and the UK’s forthcoming exit from the European Union. 

 

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Megger Makes PAT Testing Easier Than Ever

Simple and fast to use, reliable and robust, compact handheld PAT testers in the groundbreaking PAT100 series from Megger are the ideal choice for carrying low to medium volume testing in offices, shops, business units and similar environments. Their very short learning curve and their tough construction – they feature Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the display and rubber armouring for the cases – means they’re also well suited for use by training organisations.

Megger PAT100 series testers are currently available in three models – PAT120, PAT150 and PAT150R. 
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Early years technology has a crucial role in helping children to understand how to work as a team, understand roles and responsibilities and engage with learning; building a solid foundation between nursery and primary school. Here, Carl Sheen, former teacher and head of training and development at Genee World looks at how early years technology can help build skills among pre-schoolers…

Nursery pupils are at a crucial time in their lives, where hands-on exploration of their surroundings to build physical skills is just as important as mental exploration and imagination are to communication skills.

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Staff at Kids Allowed decided to make 2018 a year of reflection and change, after being inspired by the lead that Cheryl Hadland of the Hadland Care Group has taken with the approach to our oceans and environment. They wanted to begin by “Challenging the nonsense!” in order to cut down on single-use plastics. Here, Jennie Johnson tells QA Nursery about her quest to reduce waste in nurseries...

After the much published topic of glitter use in nurseries, it got me thinking about other practices used in our centres which - in hindsight - are harmful to the environment.

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30 hours free childcare

Last year the Government launched a childcare boost for working parents in the form of 30 hours free childcare for working parents. Editor Victoria Galligan looks at how the grant scheme has changed the childcare industry in the last 12 months.

In April 2017, nearly 18,000 places were offered by nurseries and other childcare providers, at a cost of £55million to the taxpayer. The aim was to get more parents – especially women – back into work after having children, and to encourage them to work longer hours without struggling to pay for childcare. 

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Our editor Victoria Galligan looks at the big changes ahead for tax-free childcare and asks: are some parents going to be left worse off?

Parents have been entitled to a voucher scheme to make savings on childcare since 1989. But many parents are missing out for two reasons – because they don’t know they are entitled to them and because the scheme is about to change.

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