Many U.K. child care operators cited

Aug. 20, 2005 at 4:49 PM

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Some 31,000 nurseries and child care operators in England do not meet national standards.

Those child care operations classified as "unsatisfactory" or "satisfactory" were told to take action to meet national standards, the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

There are 14 standards required in law including requirements for food quality, toy quality and safety, staff training and building safety, according to the Office for Standards in Education.

"Parents can be assured that the vast majority of child care providers in this country are doing a good job in keeping children safe and preparing them for life at their 'big school,'" said David Bell, chief inspector, Office for Standards in Education's.

There are about 1.5 million registered child care operators in England.

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