HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 c225W
21. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health what is the average weekly cost of providing accommodation for children in day nurseries; and what are the maximum and minimum charges made.

Mr. Bevan

The latest figures available are for 1946–47, when the gross weekly cost per place provided was 27s. in London and 23s. elsewhere, and the average recovery from parents was 5s. 6d. a week Local authorities fix their own charge subject to a minimum of 1s. a day.

22. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health what number of trained professional workers and of workers not termed professional or trained are required for the care of 30 children in a day nursery.

Mr. Bevan

About six, excluding domestic staff.

23. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health how many day nurseries are in use at present in England and Wales; what is the average number of children for each nursery; and how many of the total number of children so cared for are under two years of age.

Mr. Bevan

For day nurseries maintained by welfare authorities and by voluntary organisations in agreement with such authorities, the figures are:

Day nurseries in use 908
Average number of children per nursery 48
Total number of children under two 13,800