ERIC Number: ED253351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Child Care Programs in Sweden. Fact Sheets on Sweden.
Swedish Inst., Stockholm.
Child care preschool programs in Sweden are a municipal responsibility and include day nurseries, part-time groups, family day nurseries, and leisure centers. According to the Social Services Act of 1982, children with special need of support (physical, mental, social, linguistic, or other needs) are to be given priority in the waiting lists for preschools and leisure centers. Care of children who are temporarily ill is also a municipal responsibility. Underlying the expansion of public child care facilities since the late 19th century is a change in people's views regarding the responsibility of public authorities in guaranteeing a good environment for children. According to the Social Services Act, municipalities are required to plan for the expansion of child care facilities for at least 5 years. According to a Parliamentary decision, full coverage of the demand for day nurseries and family day nurseries is to be achieved gradually within a 10-year period ending no later than 1986. Current public debate in Sweden centers on the contents and quality of child care programs. The structure of child care programs in terms of age categories, staff patterns, working hours, costs, and preschool activities is discussed. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Swedish Inst., Stockholm.