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Edition No. 105

Date:- 28 June 2003

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It is a 'SURE START' FOR CHILDCARE

LIVERPOOL parents will be getting a helping hand next week when the Sure Start roadshow hits the streets.

A celebration of the National Sure Start Month the roadshow will be in the city centre to boost awareness about what services are on offer to parents and children and how to get the best from them. 

Liverpool's Early Years Childcare Partnership on June 30 are hosting the event and will be expecting a great turnout.

National Sure Start Month has broadened its horizons this year - involving everyone who looks after children locally and nationally, plus celebrating all the different childcare and early education services available to parents.

One of the main aims of the campaign is to inform parents of the wide range of day care available to the under-fives, including nurseries, playgroups, childminders and parent and toddlers groups. There's information too on after-school clubs and care for older children. And it also explains the amount of financial help available towards child care - with up to 70 per cent of fees being met by the Working Tax Credit.

Information is also at hand on the help available in setting up your own nursery or playgroup. The campaign also publicises the different types of childcare careers and the training available - from taster 'Making Choices' courses and NVQ qualifications, right up to a degree in childcare studies.

Liverpool children are putting pen to paper for the event to draw a picture that captures the month of their birthday. The best drawings will be featured in this year's Multifaith Calendar of festivals. Exciting prizes are up for grabs for four different age categories and the lucky winners will be announced in July. 

Sue Ollerhead, who is running the campaign in Liverpool, said:- "National Sure Start Month is about celebrating what's good and new in childcare. There's been an explosion in the different types and amount of childcare being provided - and we want to help people through the maze of all that's on offer."

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NEW WEBSITE TO PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN

A NEW website to help protect new and expectant mothers' health and safety at work, has today been launched by the Health and Safety Executive.

The website draws together HSE's advice on protecting the health and safety on new and expectant mothers at work.

Being pregnant or a new mother does not prevent women from working and developing their careers. Every year around 350,000 women continue to work during their pregnancy and of these 69% return to work soon after giving birth. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their female employees from hazards and risks in the workplace and to assess risks to new and expectant mothers.
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Making health and safety a cornerstone of a civilized society

THE Health and Safety Executive has today called on everyone involved in the world of work to give it their views on health and safety for the next 10 years. Each year injuries and ill health caused by work result in 40 million days off, with effects in terms of personal suffering and lost productivity. Now the HSE is seeking views on its strategy for the years ahead by publishing 'StrategicThinking - work in progress'.

HSE deputy director general Kate Timms said, "Health and safety is seen by some as a closed book, but the continuing toll of death, injury and ill health tells a different story. 'Strategic Thinking - work in progress' represents a new departure for HSE in sharing and seeking comment on HSE's strategy development process at an early stage. 

The paper asks big questions about the future of the health and safety system - If HSE is to maximise its effectiveness in reducing occupational ill health, death and injury it must not spread its resources too thinly. If we are to concentrate resources on key areas for improvement, some tough choices need to be made as to where the resources are taken from. 

The Health and Safety Commission strategy for 2001-2004 includes the major initiatives of Revitalising Health and Safety and Securing Health Together. These have taken us in the right direction. We now need to build on these for the future."

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