Friday, January 11, 2008

Finnish Day Care Centres Urged to Beef Up Playground Security

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is ordering day care centres to secure their playgrounds. New directives sent to municipalities at the beginning of the year are also proposing that the centres lay out safety procedures. The objective of the nationwide guidelines is to make safety a part of the everyday routine in day care centres. Every year scores of children slip away on their own and escape day care centres. Last year 11 tots slipped away in Tampere, in Espoo the figure was 16, while in Helsinki and Vantaa the tiny adventurers numbered 14 and 10 respectively.

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