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Wandsworth 1927

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Wandsworth, Metropolitan Borough]

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Maternity and Child Welfare
Day Nurseries.
The addresses of the four Day Nurseries in the Borough
are as follows :—
Putney Putney Creche, 95, Lacy Road.
Tooting Fairlight Hall Day Nursery,
Fairlight Road.
Wandsworth Wandsworth Day Nursery and
Training School, 14, Garratt
Balham Balham Day Nursery,
22, Old Devonshire Road.
The Day Nurseries are voluntary institutions subsidised by
Exchequer and Borough Council grants. Children are admitted
whose mothers are obliged to go out to work, or who are ill,
or who for any other reasonable cause are unable to look after
their children. The parents' payments vary from 6d. to 1s.
per day for one child, a reduction being made when more than
one child from the same family is admitted, or when a child
is admitted for half a day only.
The Putney, Wandsworth and Balham Day Nurseries are
also training schools for nurses who intend to take up creche
work. They are admitted as probationers and remain for about
a year, receiving practical and theoretical training. The matrons
give courses of lectures, which the probationers are bound to
attend, and an examination is held at the end of the course.
102 inspections of the creches were made during the year
by the Health Visitors.
The attendances were :—Putney, 5,100 ; Balham, 5,156 ;
Tooting, 5,217 ; and Wandsworth, 8,191 ; a total of 23,664,
compared with 18,827 in 1926.
Institutions for Expectant and Nursing Mothers and
Young Children.
The Streatham Babies' Hospital has removed to more
suitable and commodious premises at 9, Leigham Court Road.
This Hospital is for the treatment of infants up to the age of