Pre-school provision must be professional
For years government and local authorities have made cuts in expenditure for nursery schools and, even worse, threatened closures. It is easy for these cuts and threats to be made because attendance at nursery schools is not enforceable by law.
The voucher system is not the answer. Many of the vouchers will be offered to and used by inappropriate establishments that offer a second-rate education provided by unqualified staff - just childminding centres.
Every three to five-year-old child, if so wanted by their parents, should have the right to a quality education given by qualified staff in an appropriate setting. It is the duty of the state to provide this and honour the commitment. The country will reap the reward in later years.
JEAN SHAW (retired nursery nurse) Letham Mains The Holdings, Haddington.