More nursery classrooms on the way?

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CREATING more nursery classes or creating a private and public partnership are Islanders’ two favoured options for sorting out Jersey’s unfair nursery system.

At present around half of Jersey’s three- and four-year-olds have access to free States nursery education, while the parents of half are being made to pay for it.

In an attempt to try to remove the ‘postcode lottery’ system that is currently in place in the Island, the Education department funded a consultation exercise earlier this year, highlighting four possible ways to move forward.

Following an independently chaired consultation evening attended by 68 Islanders, a further 51 people submitted their written responses to the department on the subject.

The option most strongly favoured by written respondents was to continue building nursery classrooms at primary schools. Currently there are 17 primary schools in Jersey with a nursery attached and five without.

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