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nursery education

pre-school education for children from the age of 2 to 5. Free provision is available in parts of the UK for all 3 and 4 year olds the amount of hours available varying from system to system. It is not compulsory. There are both state and private nursery schools.


a broad term which covers experience environmental influence both social and material and upbringing (see nature-nurture controversy). It is also used for the caring supportive attitudes and behaviours expected of parents and others in relation to children and their developmental needs - physical social and emotional.

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