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FOUR-YEAR-OLDS COURTED TO BRING THE VOUCHERS IN

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The school starting age will be effectively reduced from four to five because of the way local authorities are resp...
The school starting age will be effectively reduced from four to five because of the way local authorities are responding to the government's nursery scheme, reports The Independent (p1).

Councils are reviewing admissions policies to ensure they receive the maximum share of voucher income from the scheme for parents of all four and five year olds.

Gillian Pugh of the National Children's Bureau fears the increased numbers will not be accompanied by increased staffing or revised curriculum, the paper reports.

'Everywhere else in Europe children start school at six. Now we are going to start them at four. It isn't the right way to raise standards. You don't tune four-year-olds into learning by treating them like five-year-olds.'
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