Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
The number of children referred to the clinic during the year was 104, which,
together with 64 cases in hand at the beeinnine of the year makes a total of 168 cases.
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Much attention was given in 1934 to questions concerning nursery schools
and their possible development. A summary is given below of the action taken by
the Council in recent years and of the various ways in which the general question
has recently been brought to notice.
Voluntary nursery schools have been aided by maintenance grants from the
Council since 1919. There are now twelve such schools in London recognised by
the Council for grant.
In 1921, the Council provided 100 nursery school places on the Stowage site,
(Greenwich), where Miss Margaret McMillan had already established a voluntary
nursery school which was aided by grant from the Council. Since Miss McMillan's
death in 1931, the whole of the nursery school on the site has been maintained by
the Council. For ten years the Council's school and the voluntary school had been
organised together as one school under one superintendent.
In 1930, two experimental detached nursery schools were opened : Columbiamarket
and Old Church-road. Reports on the working of these schools were
considered, and it was decided that, while in essentials the schools were fulfilling
their purpose, further experience was necessary before any final conclusions could
be reached on certain points of staffing and reorganisation, and also on the question
raised by the consultative committee of head mistresses of infants' schools that
nursery classes should be provided rather than detached nursery schools.