Swedish towns to offer ‘night time’ childcare

Swedish towns to offer 'night time' childcare
Over the course of 2012 a record number of childcare facilities catering for inconvenient hours will be opened across Sweden, according to a new survey carried out by news agency TT.

“I think that it’s just a matter of time before all municipalities will offer childcare for inconvenient hours,” said Per-Arne Andersson of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) to news agency TT.

In several of Sweden’s 290 municipalities there is a growing need for parents who are working odd hours to receive child care for early mornings, evenings, overnight or on weekends. This year, for the first time, the majority of Swedish municipalities will be providing this form of service.

Up until this year, not even half of Sweden’s municipalities were able to offer this, but this year almost 30 municipalities are opening up inconvenient hour facilities, making it 160 municipalities across Sweden in total.

“It is really important that child care is adapted to the needs that working life are creating. It seems that more and more local authorities are starting to follow the law,” said deputy minister for education, Nyamko Sabuni to TT.

Among those municipalities that won’t be offering the service this year, two are planning it for next year, and many of the smaller municipalities have answered that there is no demand in their community.

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