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Pontypridd protest over nursery cuts by Rhondda Cynon Taf council

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Media captionJoanne Caddy, from Parents Against the Cuts to Education, said the decision was being taken due to cash concerns

Parents staged a protest in Pontypridd town centre over nursery education cuts by Rhondda Cynon Taf council.

The authority is scrapping free full-time nursery care for children aged three from September in a move it hopes it will save £2.16m a year.

Under the new system, children aged three will be offered free part-time nursery care but will not get full-time education until age four.

Parents have vowed to fight the cuts.

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Image caption Placard-waving parents protest in Pontypridd on Saturday
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The change to raise the age for full-time education to four brings the council in line with other councils in Wales.

An earlier plan for the changes had led to a High Court hearing by parents.

Judges ruled the initial consultation process used by the council had been unlawful.

The council, which is trying to save £70m over four years, then reintroduced the plan under a different consultation process and the cuts were approved.

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Image caption Parents took High Court action over the plans last year

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