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Free nursery places for two-year-olds in Wakefield

Hundreds of families on a low income withtwo-year-old children will benefit from free childcare places in a £3m scheme being rolled out across Wakefield.

The grant will pay for the best-rated nursery schools to provide places for more than 2,800 two-year-olds over the next two years.

From September, nursery schools will be offering free pre-school education to toddlers who are looked after by Wakefield Council, or eligible for free school meals.

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2 arrested over nursery death

Two members of staff at York College nursery have been arrested as part of the investigation into the death of child there.

3-year-old Lydia Bishop died when she became entangled in a piece of equipment in the playground. An inquest earlier this week heard she was found unresponsive on a slide.

The staff, 2 women, have been questioned and released on bail until the end of October.

Staff interviewed over nursery death

Two members of staff at York College nursery have been interviewed following the death of a toddler.

Three-year-old Lydia Bishop had been in the playground when it's understood she became entangled in play equipment. She later died in hospital.

North Yorkshire Police say the staff members were interviewed by detectives as part of the ongoing enquiries into the circumstances surrounding Lydia's death.

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