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West Ham 1947

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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Boys Girls
Brass finisher 1 -
Shoe-repairing 1 -
Tailoring factory 1 -
Dress-making - 2
NURSERY SCHOOLS AND CLASSES. The Authority has
two nursery schools—the Rebecca Cheetham Nursery School in
the north of the Borough and the Edith Kerrison Nursery School
in the south. During the year, lour quarterly routine medical
inspections were carried out at each school.

The following particulars relate to the findings at these inspections:—

ExaminationBoysGirlsTotalParents presentNumber defectivePercentage defective
March393574631418.9
June37296658710.6
September323466561624.2
December4140816389.9
Edith Kerrison Nursery School—Accommodation: 90
March493988671011.4
June49398869910.2
September3836746279.5
December374784631720.2
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Using the Ministry of Education classification of general
condition in force during the year, the figures for the two schools
are as follows: —
Rebecca Cheetham Good 68%
Fair 32%
Poor -
Edith Kerrison Good 90%
Fair 10%
Poor -
Children attend these schools between the ages of 2 and 5the
years during which defects commonly make their appearance,
and when, consequently, most can be done to prevent them.
For this reason medical inspections are carried out more frequently
at nursery schools than at any others, and the school
nurse also visits more often—so far as practicable, once a week,
in place of the termly visits aimed at in other schools. The
kinds of defect most frequently found in children of this age
are bronchitis and catarrhal conditions of the chest and upper
respiratory passages, and enlarged tonsils and adenoids.
In addition to the two nursery schools, there are five nursery
classes held at the following schools—New City Road, Gainsborough
Road, Carpenters Road, Salway Place and Tollgate.
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