Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’

ate Daenke is sitting in the headteacher’s room at Homerton early years centre in Cambridge, recalling her childhood years at the nursery school. She remembers her headteacher and many hours spent playing in the generous garden that wraps around the building. “I genuinely do have happy memories of being here,” she says.


Now a mother of two, she left London and moved back to her home city to make sure her children had the same start that she enjoyed. Iris, four, is already at Homerton and thriving; sister Beatrix, two, will start in September. Daenke, a nurse, is pregnant with her third child, and is hoping against hope that the nursery will still be there for him or her too.


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