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London County Council 1934

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]

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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.

The age distribution of the 104 new cases was : from 5 to 8 years, 46 ; 9 to 11 years, 34 ; 12 to 14 years, 21 ; over 14 years, 3. The following is an analysis of the cases dealt with :—

Source of reference.Reasons for reference.
From out-patient clinics of West EndTics and jerky movements14
School care committees22Backwardness10
Other hospitals14Unmanageable10
Juvenile courts9Anxieties10
Other child guidance clinics3Restlessness7
Private practitioners2Stammer and speech defects6
Head teachers2Hysterical illnesses4
Child guidance council1Intelligence tests only4
Marylebone Health Society1Advice re school3
Total104Sex difficulties3
Niiht terrors3
Enuresis and faecal incontinence2
Faecal incontinence1

Results obtained.

Cases closed—
Partially adjusted10
Unadjusted or parents unco-operative14
Transferred to other clinics4
Unsuitable for treatment5
Consultation only21
Cases still under treatment73

Nursery schools.
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.