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Foundation (nursery) schools

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 10 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:333
  1. Chris Bird (
  1. F1 doctor in general practice, Berinsfield Health Centre, Wallingford

    After a long day as a surgical houseman and a glass of red wine, I was all set to blank out comfortably, if surreptitiously, in a chair near the back at an event held by my son's nursery school (no need to be awake as Will was at home with the babysitter). But when the head teacher began outlining a “foundation programme,” I sat up, worried that I was acutely confused.

    It turns out Will and I have more in common than genes and a love of Julia Donaldson's verse.1 We're both on foundation programmes, one of us on the wards, the other in a sandpit.

    After a year-long paper trail of DOP (directly …

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