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Anne, 50s, qualified as a primary school teacher in 1985 and taught in reception for 20 years. Originally from Yorkshire, she is now a lecturer at a small university in northern England.    "In 2005 I was made redundant after 20 years as a teacher. Our school was shrinking, the numbers of children dropped. It wasn't my choice. It was all done on a points system  - very fairly - and I just didn't have wide enough experience. I was at the top of the pay scale so I was too expensive for another school to employ and, I didn't want to go into management. The local autority put us forward for interviews but the jobs going were being snapped up by younger and cheaper teachers. I didn't have many options. "It was very lucky - my husband was playing tennis and he got talking to this guy who worked at a local Further Education college. He'd been asking around for someone who knew anything about Early Years teaching and they were looking for someone to work o