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Space and surroundings do matter

Liz Truss's document More Great Childcare states: "Current regulations can cause a preoccupation with relatively trivial issues, such as the amount of floorspace per child and whether the nursery has a room where staff can talk confidentially to parents."

Now, Michael Gove is saying that free schools could be set up in empty hospital wards and outbuildings. Would MPs have a meeting with a distressed constituent in a busy workplace? Are they saying space and surroundings do not matter?

Our children deserve the very best. Mr Gove and Ms Truss are guilty of grossly prejudicing their futures.

Mari Booker, Teacher, Brighton.

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