Child care in Sweden

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Child care in Sweden study tour

There is no single model for optimal childcare. However, common aims of childcare policies include improving access to affordable and quality childcare services, financial support to children, ensuring working parents can take leave to care for children, and promoting flexible workplace practices that allow a better reconciliation of work and care commitments.

Sweden’s child care model
The Swedish childcare model is characterized by flexible use of paid parental leave entitlements, parental entitlements to reduced working hours, high quality children’s healthcare services for all citizens, as well as affordable childcare services that encompass pre-school and out-of-school hours care in Sweden.

While the Swedish childcare model is not directly exportable, it is highly effective. This makes it a highly interesting study subject for those interested in improving the quality of their childcare and children’s healthcare services.

Two features of childcare in Sweden are:

  1. High female employment and fertility ratesEmployment rates of mothers with young children have increased in almost all countries over the past thirty years. However, increasing employment rates amongst mothers are often accompanied by a large decrease in fertility. By contrast, in Sweden both female employment and fertility rates have been relatively high. Sweden has been amongst the highest in Europe since the beginning of 1990s.
  2. Low infant mortality rates. Infant mortality is an important indicator of children’s health as it is influenced by living standard, level of education as well as access to health and medical care. According to 2002 OECD data, Sweden’s mortality rate during the first year of life was 2.8 per 1,000 live births, compared to an average infant mortality rate in the EU of 4.5 per 1000 live births. This is slightly lower than most EU countries.

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Overview of child care study tour

This study tour typically focuses on different aspects of the child care and welfare in Sweden. Aspects ranging from policy making, management and administration of child care services — at all levels of Sweden’s social welfare system — can be studied. Explore various aspects of the study tour below. 

Who should attend?

Managers, teachers, health care professionals, childcare organizations with full or partial responsibility for childcare services. Typically:

  • Childcare staff
  • Paediatric nurses
  • National Childcare policy makers
  • Care professionals and welfare specialists
  • Education professionals

Content

These vary and are adapted to client interests, demands and priorities. However, typical subject areas include:

  • Presentation of Sweden’s children’s health model and childcare model
  • Childcare as the start to lifelong learning
    • Pediatric, maternity and infant care
    • Parental leave
    • Immunization
  • Primary care and children’s health services
  • Evaluating childcare quality, defining and tracking key indicators to support continuous improvement
  • Improving children’s psychic, social and physical local environments
  • Latest developments in accident prevention for children
  • Visit to a childcare centre
  • Visit to children’s hospital
  • Visit to childrens wealth and health care centre
  • Non-governmental childcare organizations and their interaction with Swedish society

Objectives

It aims at giving the participants an understanding of how child care are organized and managed in Sweden. It will demonstrate the Swedish child care experience with the development of social services policy and its implementation issues and challenges at all levels of social system. It is meant to provide basics facts about the Swedish model as well as give inspiration to participants who can make their own reflections.

Methodology

These vary and are adapted to client interests, demands and priorities. However, typical tours include meetings and visits held at the most relevant institutions providing child care services.

  • Language: English. An interpreter can be provided upon request.
  • Theoretical elements include lectures, discussions and group interactions
  • Practical studies include point-of-service or care visits, real data and actual scenarios, etc.

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