HC Deb 15 July 1918 vol 108 c854

(1) The powers of local education authorities for the purposes of Part III. of the Education Act, 1902, shall include power to make arrangements for—

  1. (a) supplying or aiding the supply of nursery schools for children over two and under five years of age (or such later age as may be approved by the Board of Education) whose attendance at such a school is necessary or desirable for their healthy physical and mental development; and
  2. (b) attending to the health, nourishment, and physical welfare of children attending nursery schools.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of any Act of Parliament the Board of Education may, out of moneys provided by Parliament, pay Grants in aid of nursery schools, provided that such Grants shall not be paid in respect of any such school unless it is open to inspection by the local education authority and unless that authority are enabled to appoint representatives on the body of managers to the extent of at least one-third of the total number of managers, and before recognising any nursery school the Board shall consult the local education authority.


I beg to move, after the word "schools" ["supply of nursery schools"], to insert the words "which expression shall include nursery classes."

By means of this Amendment the point as to whether nursery schools are included is made quite clear fy the introduction of the words "nursery classes," and that meets the view which I have in view, and which the right hon. Gentleman has in view.

Amendment agreed to.