image: A cloakroom at a nursery school. On the left a woman sits dressing a child on her lap, while another child stands in their underpants nearby trying to pull a garment over their head. The woman sits on a low wooden platform with rows of pegs behind. There are more children standing in their underwear in the background attended by another woman, and several in the foreground, two bending over to see through their legs. A third woman stands on the right with two girls in pink dresses.
A cloakroom at a nursery-school, with children putting on their uniforms and exploring their environment. The painting hints at the changes not just for the children but also for their mothers called into unfamiliar duties. Nursery schools were a new, essential but temporary support for women conscripted into full-time employment, with over 1,300 schools established by 1943.
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