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Plans considered to lower age limit at Hemel primary school

Plans for Maple Grove Primary School in Hemel Hempstead to accept children from the age of two will be considered by the county council’s cabinet in July.

The school already offers places in its nursery class for children as young as three. However, following the closure of an independent pre-school that had operated on its site, plans have been drawn up to accept children from the age of two.

According to these plans, the school would continue to offer 30 nursery places in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. Starting in January 2025, up to half of these places would be offered to two-year-olds.

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On Tuesday, June 18, the county council’s education, libraries, and lifelong learning cabinet panel backed the plans after reviewing the outcome of a five-week public consultation.

More than 200 consultation letters were distributed to parents, carers, staff, and governors as part of the consultation, with an additional 137 emails sent to others, including all 78 county councillors.

The council received seven responses as part of the consultation, six of which agreed with the proposal.

According to the officers’ report presented to the cabinet panel, the school has sufficient and suitable space and the correct staff ratios to accommodate two-year-olds. The report also indicates that lowering the age limit would not impact the financial stability of the school.

The council’s cabinet is scheduled to consider the plans to lower the age limit at the school in a meeting on July 9.

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