Nurseries in Valencia against education plans

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NURSERY EDUCATION: Angry about move to offer free schooling.

NUMBER of nurseries in the region are angered over the government move to offer free schooling for children as young as two years old, warning that many of the centres proposed by the ministry do not meet with the necessary conditions.

The nursery schools Union of Cooperatives d’Ensenyament Valencianes (UCEV) consider the recent announcement to introduce free schooling for children aged two to three years old as an unfortunate decision and one that lacked discussion with the Union.

According to the UCEV, the Nurseries cooperative have created a commission to evaluate and submit arguments against the proposal to the Ministry of Education.

It claims that it is not appropriate to offer spaces for children of such a young age at centres that are unprepared to receive them at this stage of education, and will ask the Government that their experience is taken into consideration before settling the initiative.

Warning that some of the selected centres do not meet the necessary conditions to host such young children, they claim that the measure will also break the pedagogical coherence Stage for children from 0-three years, believing that the quality and teaching experience of the UCEV should be considered and respected.

“We believe that early childhood education is a right for all people,” said Cervellera, and that the state “has schooling in the first cycle to safeguard the principle of equal opportunities,” but is dissatisfied with the way in which the plans are to implement the measures since they do not fulfil the necessary conditions.

The Union of Cooperatives d’Ensenyament Valencianes (UCEV), the representative body of the Valencian cooperative education, is currently composed of 103 member cooperatives, which represent more than 22,000 students.

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