Within England there has been a history of nursery education since the 1920’s. Indeed there was an emphasis of providing high quality nursery education particularly in areas of deprivation, as a means of raising standards for all children, including those who may be potentially disadvantaged.
As part of this process Rachel Keeling Nursery school was opened in 1962 by Mrs. B H Tate and the then mayor of Bethnal Green Mrs Bentwich; as shown in pictures provided by London Metropolitan Archives Culture, Heritage and Libraries Department
The school was named in the honour of one of the suffragettes; Rachel Susanna Keeling.
Rachel became a member of the women's suffrage movement, which led to her imprisonment in 1908.
She subsequently was elected to the London County Council as a Labour Party councillor for Bethnal Green North East in 1934.
Rachel died in September 1969 aged 84.