Archive for October, 2009

Working mothers do not harm babies’ development, says major new study

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Children’s development and behaviour is not harmed if their mothers go back to work when they are babies, according to major new research. The report, ‘Does mothers’ employment affect children’s development?’, said that ‘despite public opinion to the contrary’, there is ‘little evidence’ that mothers who return to work in the first year of their child’s life damage the cognitive or behavioural development of school-age children.

Professor Heather Joshi, co-author and director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, said, ‘On balance, the answer to the question that the paper’s title poses is, No. It finds no evidence in Britain for mothers’ employment during the first year of the child’s life affecting these indicators of child development during school ages.’

The study involved 3,400 British and American babies whose mothers are from the 1970 British Cohort Study and the US 1979 National Longitudinal Study of Youth Child. They were also compared with 2,000 babies born to the 1958 British birth cohort.

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Week 26th – 30th October 2009            

Monday:           Tuna Pasta in Barbeque Sauce,   Honey and Lemon Shortcake

Tuesday:          Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce and Roast Vegetables,     Rhubarb Crumble

Wednesday:    Minced Beef Cobbler,  Baked Apricot Roll with Fruit Sauce

Thursday:         Roast Chicken and Vegetables,  Jam Tarts

Friday:             Cannelloni and Green Salad,       Rainbow Sponge,   Tea:      Pumpkin Soup with Spooky Fingers

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Week 19th – 23rd October 2009             

Monday:           Spaghetti Bolognaise,    Lemon Sponge and Custard

Tuesday:          Turkey and Mediterranean Vegetables,     Stewed Fruit

Wednesday:    Savoury Plait with Vegetable rice,  Marble Cake

Thursday:         Steak Rissoles and Sauté Potatoes, Semolina with strawberry sauce         

Friday:             Cannelloni and Green Salad,       Steamed Jam Pudding                                      

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Week 12th – 16th October 2009            

Monday:           Lasagne with tossed Salad,        Gooseberry Crumble & Custard

Tuesday:          Lamb Stir-Fry with Couscous,     Viennese Whirls

Wednesday:    Beef hash with Roasted Vegetables, Rice Pudding

Thursday:         Chicken and Lentil Casserole,      Cheesecake

Friday:             Cod with Macaroni Cheese,        Fruit in Jelly      

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Week 5th – 9th October 2009               

Monday:           Fisherman’s Pie,            Orange sponge

Tuesday:          Meatballs with Potato and Leek crumble,     Baked Apple Pudding

Wednesday:    Braised Chicken and basil in tomato sauce, Medley of Grapes and melon

Thursday:         Salmon Pasta Bake,       Banana custard

Friday:             Sausages with carrot and swede mash,               Chocolate crisp cake