Education minister pays visit to Leigh nursery school

The Bolton News: Minister for Education and Childcare Elizabeth Truss with Freddie Sewell and Harry Clark Minister for Education and Childcare Elizabeth Truss with Freddie Sewell and Harry Clark

AN EDUCATION minister has visited Leigh as part of a campaign to champion longer opening hours for nursery care.

Minister for Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss dropped into Little Rainbows Nursery on Guest Street on Thursday to promote the benefits of being open from 8am until 6pm.

She said: “Being open from 8am to 6pm helps support working parents and makes really good use of the school’s resources. This is one of the things that I’m really keen to promote nationally and it’s great to see that this part of the country is a real leader.

“Schools like this school are doing it and are making it work for children and you can see not only are children learning, it’s also helping parents with their childcare, it is provided at an affordable rate to parents and that’s really fantastic to see.

“What schools have told me is that it really helps the children’s vocabulary and their communication so when they get into the school they do really well and they can fly.”

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10:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

LisaFricker says...

I'm a childminder and I'm open from 7am to 7pm and provide overnight care, would she like to come and congratulate me?
I'm a childminder and I'm open from 7am to 7pm and provide overnight care, would she like to come and congratulate me? LisaFricker
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11:04am Wed 26 Mar 14

lizzie72 says...

How is this in the children's best interests? 10 hours a day in a school environment is too long for a pre-school child (or a school aged child for that matter). This government is obsessed with the sound bite of 'helping parents back to work' but obviously doesn't give any consideration to the welfare of children.
How is this in the children's best interests? 10 hours a day in a school environment is too long for a pre-school child (or a school aged child for that matter). This government is obsessed with the sound bite of 'helping parents back to work' but obviously doesn't give any consideration to the welfare of children. lizzie72
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