Belfast Telegraph

Working parents suffering 'nursery school discrimination’

Children of working parents are at a disadvantage of securing coveted nursery places which are being disproportionately handed out to parents on benefits, prompting accusations of ‘discrimination’.

Working parents are struggling to find nursery places for their children as over-subscribed pre-schools are forced to offer the available spaces to families who receive income support or jobseekers’ allowance.

This year, nearly 1,500 children have yet to find a place at nursery due to high demand with parents stating they feel “disadvantaged for not being disadvantaged”.

Conall McDevitt, an SDLP member of the Assembly’s education committee told the Irish News: “It is discriminatory against working families now and will be discriminatory against the working class of the future.”

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