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Tynwald to discuss nursery grant

Tue, 17 Apr 2012

The end of free preschool places on the Island is due to dominate the early part of this month's sitting of Tynwald.

There are a number of questions about the Department of Education and Children's decision to close its preschools in favour of providing a grant to parents to put towards a place at a private nursery.

Former DEC member Dudley Butt is amongst those with questions on the cuts.

He wants to know how much it'll cost parents to put their children in a private nursery, and whether the private facilities will be providing the same level of education as the current preschools.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Peter Karran had been due to ask for £3million for works at Victoria Road School in Castletown.

However, the Easter break means Mr Karran hasn't had chance to talk about the spending with Tynwald members.

As a result the motion has now been put back to the May sitting.

This month's sitting gets underway at 10.30.


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