Penelope Leach; PowerLister Barbara Judge; Self-harm in women prisoners

What is the best way to care for pre-school children? On the programme last week we looked at a kindergarten boarding school in China and community care in Fiji. Psychologist Penelope Leach is one of the guests discussing childcare in the early years. Powerlister Barbara Judge, described as one of the best connected women in Britain, on the importance of taking yourself seriously. What figures released on Monday reveal about women prisoners who self-harm. James Morton, runner-up on The Great British Bake Off 2012, shows Jane how to make the perfect festive bread, Stollen.

Presenter: Jane Garvey.
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.
Output editor: Anne Peacock.

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What is the best form of childcare?

Last week Woman’s Hour looked at childcare around the world, focusing on how pre-school children are cared for when their parents go back to work. We explored two different systems; a boarding kindergarten for children in China and childcare in Fiji, where grandparents and older siblings look after younger children when their parents return to work. But what is the best way to look after children and can childcare affect a child’s development? Jane is joined by the psychologist Penelope Leach and by Dr Eva Lloyd, Reader in Early Childhood at the University of East London, to discuss the issues.


Power List Interview: Lady Barbara Judge

Lady Barbara Judge CBE has been a pioneer for women in the worlds of law, banking and business, and is known as one of the best connected women in Britain. She is Chairman Emerita of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Chairman of the Pension Protection Fund. She talks to Jane about how to be taken seriously, her inspirational mother, and her views on how to be a working mother.

Advent Treat

Susan Calman performs a monologue recorded in front of an audience: the year that Santa bought me a School jumper for Christmas.

Cook the Perfect: Stollen

James Morton was runner-up on The Great British Bake Off 2012.  He learned to bake with his grandmother, growing up in the Shetland Isles.  He is now studying Medicine at the University of Glasgow.  He has also written his first book, Brilliant Bread. With the Christmas season in mind,  James shows Jane how to cook the perfect Stollen.

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Women Self Harming in Prison

As many as one in four women prisoners in England and Wales self-harm every year, and female prisoners are four times more likely to self-harm than male inmates, according to the largest ever study of self-harm in prisons, published in The Lancet.  The study examined the prevalence of self-harm in all prisoners in England and Wales between 2004 and 2009.  The rates for women have fallen over the last two years but according to the latest figures available from 2012 women still account for 28% of all self-harm incidents in 2012 despite representing just 5% of the total prison population.  Jane discusses the issue with Dr Seena Fazel, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow  Psychiatrist at Oxford University and author of the report, and with Mandy Taylor, mental health support worker at Anawim Woman's Centre in Birmingham.


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestPatricia Leach
Interviewed GuestBarbara Judge
Interviewed GuestJames Morton
ProducerLucinda Montefiore

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