ERIC Number: ED376980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care in Sweden. Fact Sheets on Sweden.
Swedish Inst., Stockholm.
Child care services in Sweden are distinguished by a high standard of quality and by the fundamental principle that they exist for all children. This governmental fact sheet provides useful facts and figures on Swedish child care law and government policy. It is divided into 16 sections covering: (1) rights of children and their families; (2) parenthood and employment; (3) child care legislation; (4) recent changes in child care ideology and practical activities; (5) the spectrum of available child care and activities by age group; (6) day care centers; (7) part-time groups; (8) open preschool; (9) family day care; (10) care services for school children; (11) children requiring special support; (12) children from other cultures; (13) educational programs for preschools and leisure-time centers; (14) child care staff training and certification; (15) in-hospital child care services; and (16) child care development support, follow-up, and evaluation. The fact sheet notes that child care, along with parental insurance and child allowances, is a cornerstone of Swedish family policy and law. Parents are granted work leave-of-absence for childbirth and child illness, and receive compensation for lost work time. Children have access to child care amenities from the age of 12 months, and they qualify for child allowance up through age 18. These rights lie behind one of the highest birthrates in Western Europe, coupled with the highest employment participation rate for mothers of infant children. (ET)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Swedish Inst., Stockholm.
Identifiers: Drop In Child Care; Family Support; Office of the Childrens Ombudsman (Sweden); Sweden; United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child