• Sweden edition
6,000 pre-school kids hurt each year: report

6,000 pre-school kids hurt each year: report

Published: 02 Nov 2011 08:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Nov 2011 08:42 GMT+01:00

Over 19,000 children attending pre-schools in Sweden 2008-2010 were injured so badly that they required emergency care, according to National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) figures.

The figures have been compiled by TV4 investigative reporting programme Kalla Fakta and Swedish authorities have described them as "alarming".

The most common cause of injury is falls, but there are also a large number of crushing and cutting injuries.

Furthermore the number of accidents reported at Swedish pre-schools would appear to be increasing.

In 2009 5,900 accidents occurred, which required treatment at a hospital emergency department. Since then, the numbers have increased steadily.

Figures from the National Agency for Education (Skolverket) show that groups are expanding within daycare providers, with 18 percent consisting of 21 or more children.

This can be compared with 2003 when the figure was 15 percent.

Staffing levels have at the same time declined. In 2006 there was an average of 5.1 children per pre-school staff member, compared to 5.4 in autumn 2010.

"Of course, group sizes and staffing levels have an impact on the safety of children in pre-school. The staff have a huge responsibility for children within the operation," said Ingegerd Johansson at the National Agency for Education.

According to Johansson's colleague Carina Hall, the trend towards increasingly large groups of pre-school children is "alarming" because group sizes and make up are a defining characteristic of quality.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

12:13 November 2, 2011 by GeoC
This shocks me. I am from America and a childs care in school or daycare is of the utmost importance. Since moving to Sweden I have heard so many horror stories of teachers, camp consulers and day care providers being complete morons with a total lack of patience allowing many kids to be bullied (no wonder Sweden has so many people with mental issues) and injured kids to be ignored because it's more convienant for the adult. Is there no pride in being a teacher in Sweden? Just another easy paycheck? For shame.
12:56 November 2, 2011 by nibbler
While the statistics are alarming and require thorough investigation to ensure the welfare of the children; claiming that Sweden has so many people with mental issues is ridiculous and not pertinent to the story above. There has been numerous instances in the United States where individuals who have been let down by the system including teachers, who go on to retaliate and shoot their classmates or commit suicide (Consider Jamey Rodemeyer). Every country has their issues including your own.
13:34 November 2, 2011 by RobinHood

You are right. All Swedes are bullies and have mental issues. Hardly any children survive their education here.

You must leave Sweden immediately and return at once to the US, where you will be safe.

We will all miss reading your posts here on The Local forums, but that is the price we must pay for your safety. On behalf of The Local forum community, I wish you a hearty bon voyage. Don't waste your time posting your thanks, or indeed anything else here again. Taxi for GeoC!
14:03 November 2, 2011 by nibbler
I tried to stay away from that kind of answer, but you have really articulated my initial reaction to such an inane post.
17:00 November 2, 2011 by Jorrs
I am a Pre School teacher and we do our best to protect the children, but they are children, they fall,they run,they run into things,they pusheachother they fall on eachother they are small, they are little people with no idea or perceptions yet of being hurt. It can be a very difficult job at time actually and with alot of responsibility and GeoC it is not a easy paycheck at all and the money isnt great either. You think they would pay more as we are looking after peoples children day in and day out, so people should think about that more.

GeoC please go back to America where your education system is so much better.. ;)
17:27 November 2, 2011 by labyrinth

Many Swedes with mental issues? What about US? The country where you find the recommendation "not suitable for pets" in any microwave's instruction manual.

And I do not have any conflict of interest: I'm not from Sweden.
23:38 November 2, 2011 by update-2011
I can imagin the pile of responsibilities on pre-school teachers in taking care of children.


Sweden is the only best place on this planet where small children are well taken care of !!! Why did you come to Sweden.........
00:45 November 3, 2011 by blik
One of the great things about Sweden is the fact they let kids be kids.

Other western countries are so pre occupied with litigation that they end up wrapping their kids in cotton wool so as to avoid any litigation when one of life's accidents happen.

This in effect breeds overweight neurotic unconfident adults.
Today's headlines
Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

Swedish girls report more eating problems
Teen girls. File photo: Chloe Chaplin/Flickr

Swedish girls report more eating problems

A youth wellbeing report from Save the Children found that more teenage girls than in previous surveys reported having an eating disorder. READ () »

Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
University applications rocket to record high
People-watching April 18-20
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
People-watching April 16
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
Abba duo hints at reunion
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
People-watching April 11-13
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit: