Britain props up pre-school league

27th October 2000 at 01:00
BRITAIN is lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to providing places for pre-school youngsters, according to figures produced by the European Union's statistical agency Eurostat.

With only a half of three-year-olds receiving pre-primary schooling, the UK is well below the EU average of 66 per cet - behind countries including France (100), Italy (96), Germany (62), Spain (72), and Portugal (52).

The Government said this week it would put pound;7 million towards helping secure the future of nursery schools and to help meet its targets of a free nursery place for every three-year-old by 2004.

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