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Private nursery firms revealed

Independent operators of pre schools at Island primariess will be expected to teach children as well as care for them.

That promise from Director of Education Martin Barrow, after new providers were announced to run pre schools from September.

Early years charity Mooinjer Veggey has been awarded the leases to run classes in five existing premises.

Private operators Sandcastle's Kindergarten, Busy Bears Nursery and Stepping Stones have one each.

St John's Pre school trust will run the village school, and current nursery staff at Victoria Road are the successful in-house applicants.

But will the new arrangement end the so-called post code lottery - where under the old system, children in some parts of the Island didn't have a place at all?

Director of Education Martin Barrow:

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