Education: Nurseries

House of Lords written question – answered on 31st March 2011.

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Photo of Lord True Lord True Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 17 March (HL 7488), in light of the statement that top-up fees are prohibited in nursery education to ensure there are no barriers to accessing the benefits of private and voluntary nursery education, why it is not considered that top-up fees in universities have a similar effect.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There is a loan scheme for higher education fees repaid by graduates: it would not be feasible to provide loans to young children as the direct beneficiaries of early-years provision and expect them to repay on similar terms.

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