Board of Education and successors: Medical Branch and Special Services Branch: Nursery School, Files

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Board of Education and successors: Medical Branch and Special Services Branch: Nursery School, Files

Files of the Board of Education and successors, Medical Branch and Special Services Branch relating to the establishment of nursery schools.

This series consists of individual nursery school files and contains papers relating to the establishment of the school; application of recognition for the purposes of grant; notes of visits made by officers of the Board of Education; and annual summaries of the school's accounts.


By counties and county boroughs for England and Wales.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Education, 1899-1944
Board of Education, Medical Branch, 1923-1944
Department of Education and Science, Special Services Branch, 1964-1970
Ministry of Education, Medical Branch, 1944-1948
Ministry of Education, Special Services Branch, 1948-1964
Physical description:
635 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure
Administrative / biographical background:

Local education authorities were empowered under Section 19 of the Education Act, 1918, re-enacted as Sections 21 and 119 of the Education Act, 1921 to supply, or aid the supply of, nursery schools and classes for children between the ages of two and five years. Regulations for nursery schools (Grant Regulations No 6) were issued in 1919 indicating the conditions under which the Board of Education would recognise such schools for the purposes of grant. A new and simplified set of Regulations for Nursery Schools was issued in 1925 (Grant Regulations No 19).

Several voluntary nursery schools in existence in 1918 were recognised for grant purposes. The gradual increase, however, of nursery school provision was arrested during the ensuing years by recurring financial crises.

Section 8 2b of the Education Act 1944, required authorities to have regard "to the need for securing that provision is made for pupils who have not attained the age of five years by the provision of nursery schools or, where the authority consider the provision of such schools to be inexpedient, by the provision of nursery classes in other schools."

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