THIS WEEK IN 1997: Youngsters go to nursery for free

The government approved plans to give each four-year-old in the Portsmouth area a free nursery place from September.

Thursday, 5th July 2018, 1:20 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:09 pm

The government approved plans to give each four-year-old in the Portsmouth area a free nursery place from September.

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Education secretary David Blunkett accepted plans submitted by Hampshire and Portsmouth education authorities to replace the old nursery vouchers scheme.

It meant every four-year-old in Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham would be eligible for five free two-and-a-half hour sessions a week in term time.