HC Deb 10 July 1924 vol 175 cc2488-9W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that for many years Miss Margaret McMillan has carried on successful experiments in connection with the provision of nursery schools at Deptford and elsewhere; and whether, in view of the very small cost of these schools and the great success which has resulted from them, and the alleged shortage of school places for children over 14 years of age, he will suggest to local education authorities the advisability of establishing similar nursery open-air schools in order that school places now occupied by young children may be released and, consequently, accommodation provided for those boys and girls who are able to remain at school after 14 years of age?


I am well aware of the good work which is being carried on at the Deptford nursery schools, and, as I have already said in reply to questions in this House, I am prepared to consider sympathetically any proposals which may be made to me for the establishment of nursery schools in suitable localities; though I doubt whether an extension of the system would lead to the results anticipated by my hon. Friend, as accommodation provided for younger children is by no means always suitable for older ones.

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