Vouchers may spell nursery cuts

2nd February 1996 at 00:00
Amid the furore of where Harriet Harman is to send her son, vital information for parents regarding the issue of nursery resources has been lost.

Are parents aware that these "nursery" vouchers actually extend to reception-aged children?

These authorities, mine own among them, who have traditionally offered full time educational places to these rising fives, may be forced to cut their education to part time. Is this improving quality or standards?

At the recent National Primary Head's Association executive meeting, it was pointed out, that far from extending nursery provision, indicators are that pilot authorities such as Norfolk, are actually experiencing grave problems.

It is with regret that as head of a nursery and infant school, I must now be put in the position of informing parents that we are looking to cut provision not enhance it. Which is more important - Ms Harman's son and his placement, or the injustice being administered to our youngest and most vulnerable?

JACQUI GREEN Press officer National Primary Heads Association Bournemouth Park Infant School and Nursery Southend on Sea

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