More money for pre-school centres
The Swedish government says it wants to improve the quality of after-school activities organised by the state, and is to ask the National Agency for Education to look over the curriculum plans for pre-school classes and the system of leisure-time centres available for children during the afternoon - after the pre-school classes have closed.
The government will also put aside SEK two billion to increase funding for the centres, Swedish Radio News reports.
According to statistics from the agency, the number of children per class in the leisure-time centres has grown over the years, at the same time as the number of carers has fallen. Only half of the carers and teachers at the centres have a teaching degree.
Children start compulsory schooling in Sweden at the age of seven. Before then, children can go to voluntary pre-school classes in the morning, followed by leisure-time centres in the afternoon, while their parents are at work.