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Nurseries closed despite success

NURSERY schools are being shut down despite new research which shows children make more progress in them than in nursery classes. The number of nursery schools dropped by 9 per cent between 1997 and 2000, while classes in primary schools rose by 10 per cent. The Office for Standards in Education says 32 per cent of under-fives in nursery schools achieve excellent standards compared to 12 per cent in primary schools.

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