THIS WEEK IN 1993: Nursery school for all three-year-olds

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Hampshire was to be among the leaders of a national campaign urging nursery education for all children from the age of three.

The county had pledged to offer all three-year-olds a place within the following four years.

The call was being taken up at national level.

One of its main recommendations was that far more should be spent on nursery education to give children a fairer start.

Hampshire’s education chairman Councillor Tony Barron welcomed the commission’s conclusions and said the county was already well along that path.

From September, children were admitted to many of its 600 primary schools at the age of four.

The next step was to provide places in play groups, nurseries and day groups for every child that wanted one.