Minister under pressure on nursery cuts

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PRESSURE is building on Education Minister Rod Bryans to scrap planned cuts to free nursery care, with some politicians considering voting against ministerial spending plans in protest at the 'damaging cuts' to education.

As debate on the Medium-Term Financial Plan Addition continued yesterday Deputy Bryans said that following Wednesday's States decision to extend proposed cuts to free private nursery care to also cover States nurseries, he will now be consulting officers and schools.

Members backed an amendment to the MTFP Addition, which sets States spending until 2019, brought by Deputy John Le Fondré to means-test access to the 20 free hours of nursery education provided to children in the year before they start school.

The JEP contacted all other ministers asking if they thought that the proposed cuts to free nursery places should be reviewed in light of the amendment being adopted, but none responded.

Read the full report in Friday's JEP.

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