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Grandparents ‘better than nurseries’ for young children’s development

first_imgTelegraph 20 March 2012Spending time in a loving family environment can help boost children’s vocabulary and make them more emotionally secure, it found. While the experience of being in a more formal setting such as a nursery can   help prepare children for starting school, even this was not a major   advantage in the long term, the study concludes. The findings come in a review of research papers into child development carried out for the think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Nuffield Foundation.One study the researchers reviewed asked parents to rank what motivated them to chose grandparents with “trust” coming top followed by “love”. Another set of data collected from children born in the year 2000 appears to show that those looked after by their grandparents “experience slightly higher vocabulary development in the early years”. The report adds: “There is also evidence of a positive association between socio-emotional development and being looked after by grandparents among more educated families. “This was still apparent when the children reached age five.” But the opposite appeared to be the case among children from disadvantaged backgrounds who benefited overall from formal childcare. While being in formal childcare did appear to make children initially more “school ready”, the researchers added: “We should note that being cared for by grandparents did not significantly put children at a disadvantage in school readiness compared to children not in formal childcare, but rather that it provided no advantage, while formal childcare did.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/9156424/Grandparents-better-than-nurseries-for-young-childrens-development.html#.T2kicJhgmig.emaillast_img read more

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Elections for City Mayor, Deputy slated for March 15

first_img…Chase Green expected to seek re-electionPursuant to the Municipal and Districts Councils Act Chapter 28:01, Section 10, elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Georgetown will be held on March 15. Current Mayor Patricia Chase Green, refused to comment on whether she would be seeking re-election while Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikaran, has expressed his interest in possible re-election.“The term of the Office of the Mayor and that of the Deputy Mayor shall, subject to this Act, be one year, commencing on the first day of the month following upon their election but, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall, notwithstanding the expiry of his term of office, continue to hold office until his successor enters upon office and thereupon he shall retire,” the Municipal and Districts Councils Act Chapter 28:01, Section 10 states.The last election for Mayor and Deputy Mayor were held in December 2016, which Chase Green contested without any opposition. However, since her election, there have been several calls for her to resign and be replaced for the policies that were implemented along with the perceived notion of corruption.Chase Green, who served as Deputy Mayor for a number of years under former Mayor Hamilton Green, is accused of being unsympathetic to the cause of the Council’s workers since she and teams of officers and Councillors would travel frequently while the workers protest for the payment of their salaries.Additionally, it was under Chase Green’s stewardship that the highly flawed and controversial parking metre project came into being. The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking metres to be implemented in Georgetown but this was followed by intense protests by citizens.Meanwhile, Jaikaran did not confirm nor deny whether he would challenge Chase Green for the mayoral chair but indicated that he would be running for office. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more