Nurseries open earlier to welcome extra kids

Nursery schools will open one hour earlier from September when all 5-year-olds will have to attend school, according to an Education Ministry decision made public yesterday. Children will be able to start school at 7 a.m., according to the new timetable, but nurseries will continue to end classes at 4 p.m. The move is designed to help working parents but they will still be allowed to bring their children to school at 8 a.m. if they choose. The government decided earlier this summer that nursery schools will be compulsory for any children who will be 5-years-old by the end of 2007. As a result, the government is set to hire more than 1,000 extra nursery school teachers before the start of the new school year.