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“Nursery system under fire” – P&J

 The current system for providing free nursery care for youngsters has been branded “grossly unfair”

Independent think-tank Reform Scotland made the claim in a new report which said some children could receive almost one year less of governmentfunded nursery education, depending on when their birthday falls.

It has now called for all youngsters to receive two full years of funded nursery provisions. To achieve this, it suggested governmentfunded provision for all youngsters should begin at a fixed point in the year – probably August – two years before children start at school. Alison Payne, research director at the think-tank, said it was a question of equality.