Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fathers Queue All Night to Secure Places at Nursery; Fair Play: Tommy Danvers with Daughter Daisy, Left, Who Has a Place at Fordwych Nursery in West Hampstead, Right, Which Takes Children Only on a First-Come First-Served Basis

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fathers Queue All Night to Secure Places at Nursery; Fair Play: Tommy Danvers with Daughter Daisy, Left, Who Has a Place at Fordwych Nursery in West Hampstead, Right, Which Takes Children Only on a First-Come First-Served Basis

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Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY

PARENTS are queuing for more than hours to secure nursery places fortheir children. Scores of parents have been forced to pitch tents in a nurseryplayground, while scores more queue outside to secure places at the FordwychNursery in West Hampstead.

The yearly registration has now become such an "event" that parents bring wine,beer and even picnics as they clamour to secure places.

The nursery takes pupils on a firstcome first-served, non-discriminatory basisand because it is so widely respected, for the past five years parents havebeen waiting outside the nursery for more than hours before the Septemberregistration.

Tommy Danvers, , a record producer from Hampstead, queued from pm the nightbefore registration to ensure his daughter Daisy's place, but was still one ofthe last on the list.

Mr Danvers said: "Some of our friends said we had to send Daisy to Fordwych soI called up to find out how to go about it. I was told registration was on aMonday but when I heard Lynne, the owner, say most parents arrived on theSunday I couldn't believe it. …

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