News A Save the Children organised event at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border, last month

The charity defends itself from claim it refrained from criticising its backers

The accelerated approach - a quick guide

Children cannot learn if they feel stressed or threatened. The classroom must be a warm and welcoming place.

Letter: Effects of nursery education

Sir: Studies in the United States that indicate no adverse effect on children in day care are from highly unrepresentative, "showpiece programmes" and should not be confused with the typical day care experienced in real life Britain.

LETTER: Abuse scandal: when child care is tangled in red tape

Sir: It is not only in residential homes that abusers are active ("Paedophiles `control children's homes' ", 22 April). Adverts for holiday playscheme staff attract replies which get no further once we ask people to sign the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act form. This is all we can do since the Crown Prosecution Service is so reluctant to prosecute because of the belief that people with learning disabilities will not be able to give evidence in court, either as a witness or victim.

Cash-conscious children play safe with pennies

Today's children know a nice little earner when they see one. Instead of frittering away their weekly pocket money they now prefer to build capital, according to figures published yesterday, writes Nicole Veash.

IN BRIEF : Michael Fallon

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LEADING ARTICLE : Dunblane's grief beyond words

Words, when Dunblane asks for silence, space to mourn, to rage, to try to understand the incomprehensible.

Letter: Child shoppers

Sir: A ban on parents with children in supermarkets at certain times is no doubt attractive to many (letter, 12 March). Is there any time of day when I can guarantee that when I take my children out they will not have to come into contact with selfish, bad-tempered, scowling people who fail to consider others, especially those who are smaller and younger than themselves?

Doll guide in black and white

Nurseries should have dolls of different "skin" colours and hair types, the Commission for Racial Equality says in guidance published today.

Jack and Jessica top name lists

Jack and Jessica were the most popular names for babies born in 1995, according to a report yesterday.

Toxic leak alert

Toxic leak alert

Death fire verdicts

Death fire verdicts

LETTER: Children have the most to lose

From Mr Bill Linton

'Suicide couple too proud to seek help'

An elderly couple are thought to have killed themselves because they could no longer care for their retarded son and were too proud to accept help from social services.

Letter: Unkindest cut for an adult

Sir: There is a good and obvious (although rarely stated) reason why otherwise non-observant Jews will have their sons circumcised and why their own parents will want them to (Section Two; "We're made in God's image, so why change perfection?", 21 September).

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