Tears in the nursery;Conference;Educational Institute of Scotland

12th June 1998 at 01:00
Legislative loopholes are being used to limit the number of teachers in nursery classes, it was claimed. Celia McDougall, Highland, said her authority declined to deploy a teacher in classes of fewer than 20 children and 30 of 78 classes fell below that number. Regulations stipulate a maximum class size but not a minimum.

Gillian Kulwicki, Glasgow, said the city's council was putting one teacher with 50 children in the morning and another 50 in the afternoon. Councils were "flouting the law". Ms Kulwicki said: "Auxiliaries are a support to teachers and nursery nurses, not in any instance in place of."

Ian McCrone, Renfrewshire, said all new nursery provision in his authority excluded teachers and when teachers left they were not replaced.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now