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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Barrow school aims to open doors to two-year-olds

A BARROW infant and nursery school is hoping to extended its age range to take two-year-olds.

Greengate Infant and Nursery School, which teaches three to seven-year-olds, is understood to be the first in the Barrow area to look at using recent changes in the law which make it easier for schools to take younger children.

The Greengate Street school is now consulting parents, staff and the community on its proposal.

It wants to bring consistency to children in their education experience under the leadership of headteacher, Caroline Hoggarth.

The governing body says it would have 32 places for two-year-olds from September.

Mrs Hoggarth said: “We want a consistent educational journey for the children.

“We want the best for children in our community. We could pick up on the needs of children from an earlier age. This is very exciting.”

The school would also offer wraparound after-school facilities for different-aged pupils.

Mrs Hoggarth said the change in the age range could lead to as many as 10 jobs being created.

The school plans to accommodate the two-year-olds in an area of its building which is now rented to the privately run Greengate Rainbow Pre-School.

Mrs Hoggarth said the school would revamp the space.

The Evening Mail contacted the management of Greengate Rainbow Pre-School about its future plans but they were not available for comment.

The consultation is open until March 14 and those responding are asked to write a letter to the school governors.

The governors intend to make a decision by March 17.

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