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Waiting children as of April 16,000 less than ever | NHK News

2019-09-06T03:59:08.575Z

As of April, the number of “waiting children” waiting for vacancy in daycare centers has reached the smallest of 16,000 people. received…


Waiting children as of April 16,000 more than record 6 September 12:53

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As of April, the number of “waiting children” waiting for vacancy in daycare centers has reached the smallest of 16,000 people. While the maintenance of the saucer has progressed, the overall trend continues to decline, but in some areas, there has been a significant increase, and the issue is how to respond precisely to childcare needs.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, there were 16,772 waiting children as of April, 3123 fewer than the same period last year.

The number of waiting children has decreased for the second consecutive year, the lowest since 1994 when the survey was started.

By prefecture, the number of waiting children was the largest in Tokyo with 3690, followed by Okinawa with 1702 and Hyogo with 1569.

On the other hand, there were no waiting children in Aomori, Toyama, Ishikawa, Yamanashi, Tottori, and Shimane Prefectures.

However, the number of nursery schools and other facilities as of April was approximately 3056,000 nationwide, an increase of more than 112,000 from last year, and the government will further expand the number of respondents and zero waiting children by the end of the next fiscal year. We are planning to make it.

While the development of daycare centers is progressing, some local governments have increased the number of waiting children due to application exceeding expectations, and so-called “hidden waiting children” waiting for vacancy by requesting a specific daycare center etc. There is a place, and how to respond carefully to the needs of childcare is an issue.

Expert "does not reflect reality"

“A parent who thinks about nursery school,” Aki Fukouin ’s representative said, “For those parents who want to evaluate the decrease in waiting queues due to administrative efforts, The reality is that there is no real sense that the number has declined.There are so many cases where the number of waiting children has not been counted as waiting children, but the number of waiting children does not accurately indicate the actual situation. It is possible. "

Of the so-called “hidden waiting children”, the number of cases waiting for a vacancy in hope of a specific daycare center increased by more than 5,700 people from last year to 46,724, 2.8 times that of waiting children, Mr. Fukouin said, “The country and the municipality are very particular about making“ waiting children zero, ”so they have the impression that the numbers are being combined. I would like you to proceed with the development of a nursery school that meets the needs of parents in terms of quality. "

Number of children waiting by municipality

However, as of April 1, the number of children waiting by city / city varies,
▽ Tokyo Setagaya Ward has 470 people (16 people in the previous year),
▽ Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture has 412 people (-159 people)
▽ Saitama City has 393 people (+78 people)
▽ Okayama City has 353 people (-198 people)
▽ Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture has 253 people (-160 people)
▽ Okinawa Prefecture Naha City 250 people (+112 people),
▽ Hyogo Prefecture Kobe City 217 people (-115 people),
▽ Kagoshima City has 209 people (+51 people)
▽ Nanfuhara-cho, Okinawa 208 people (+14 people),
▽ Okinawa City has 198 people (-66 people).

Also, if you look at the number of waiting children in increasing order,
▽ In addition to an increase of 112 people in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture,
▽ 87 people in Fukutsu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
▽ 86 86 people in Higashimurayama City, Tokyo
▽ 78 people in Saitama City
▽ 77 people in Kita Ward, Tokyo, each increased.

Kanto 1 metropolitan 6 prefectures decreased from last year but increased in some areas

The number of “waiting children” waiting for vacancy in daycare centers in the 6 prefectures of the Kanto region was 7086 at the end of April, a decrease of 2591 from last year.

However, some municipalities have increased with more applications than expected, and the situation continues to be serious.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, there are 7086 waiting children as of April in 6 prefectures in the Kanto region, a decrease of 2591 from last year.

By prefecture,
▽ Tokyo has the most 3690 people (-1724),
Next, Saitama is 1,208 (-344),
▽ 1020 Chiba (-372),
▽ 750 (-114) Kanagawa,
▽ 345 Ibaraki (-41),
▽ 52 Tochigi (+11),
▽ There are 21 Gunma (-7)
All prefectures except Tochigi fell below the previous year.

However, if you look at each municipality, there are applications that exceeded the local government's expectation due to the development of residential areas, etc., and there are places where waiting children increased.

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▽ In Higashimurayama City, 91 people, 86 more than last year,
▽ In Saitama City, 78 people have increased to 393 people.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says "I want to provide detailed support according to the characteristics of each local government."

Source: nhk

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