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COUNCILS TAKE TOUGH STANCE IN BATTLE FOR NURSERY VOUCHERS

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Local authorities are changing their rules to allow children to start nursery school at four-years-old, in order to...
Local authorities are changing their rules to allow children to start nursery school at four-years-old, in order to capitalise on the nursery voucher scheme, according to a story in the Express (p9).

Margaret Lochrie of the Pre-School Learning Alliance said: 'Many more education authorities are going down this road, and voluntary playgroups expect to suffer as a result'.

Some schools are also believed to be planning restrictions on five-year-olds so that only those who have spent their vouchers with them will be allowed to carry on mainstream schooling.

Graham Lane, education chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, said that councils would be examining ways of maximising income and ensuring that parents spend vouchers at state schools.

In the next few week parents will be receiving application forms for vouchers worth£1,100.
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