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PRIVATE NURSERY FIGHTS COUNCIL OVER STAFF-PUPIL RATIOS

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A private nursery school yesterday began a legal battle with a county council over staff/pupil ratios which may hav...
A private nursery school yesterday began a legal battle with a county council over staff/pupil ratios which may have nationwide repercussions.

The Independent (p4) reports that the Rainbow nursery in Worstead, Norfolk, is challenging Norfolk CC's decision that it must employ more staff per pupil than classes in state primary schools.

Norwich magistrates heard from nursery owner William Dickinson that the nursery would have to close if the eight-to-one pupil ratio were enforced.

Nursery schools which employ a qualified teacher only need a ratio of two staff for 26 pupils but Mr Dickinson argued that his school could offer good quality education even though he couldn't afford a one-to-eight ratio.

The council is contesting the case and the hearing is expected to last three days.
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