Wednesday, May 2, 2001
The parent who visited Roella Trudgill's playgroup ('In my view', 29 March) was indeed lucky to have the alternative choice of a nursery. In our small town in the 1960s, there was nothing until children reached the reception class in the term after they were five. I do not think the early groups formed under the auspices of the then Pre-school Playgroups Association, now Pre-school Learning Alliance, were regarded as 'cheap childcare'. It was the children's needs we had in mind and we did our best to provide at least some pre-school experience.
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