Registered files of the Board of Education and successors, Medical Branch and Special Services Branch concerning the provision of local education authority nursery education under s.19 of the Education Act 1918.
The papers include proposals by local education authorities and voluntary bodies to establish nursery schools and classes for children between the ages of 2 and 5, memoranda on nursery school provision in particular areas, and the results of a survey made by local authorities at the request of the Board of Education in 1936.
Records concerning the provision of nursery schools for the children of women war workers are also included.
Sample files from just five local education authorities have been preserved from the period 1956-1966: these concern two (rural) counties, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire; London; and two county boroughs, Barnsley and Bootle.
The following file was missing at transfer: Essex: Colchester Borough Council N.167L