Nurseries closed despite success

4th April 2003 at 01:00
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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