Reference HLG 900/41
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Children. Reports by regional officers on conditions in evacuated day nurseries and nursery schools
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Housing and living conditions, Reception and billeting, Families and relationships
Document Types Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams
Civil Defence Regions Region 12: South Eastern (Tunbridge Wells HQ)
Locations Bermondsey, Ellesmere, Guildford, Holmbury St. Mary, London, Newcastle upon Tyne, Rotherhithe, Shalford, Surrey, Tunbridge Wells, Wirral, Woking
Organisations County Councils, Merchant Navy, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Urban District Councils


A file of government correspondence and reports relating to the Rotherhithe Day Nursery in Holmbury St. Mary, Surrey. Subjects covered in the file include the conditions of the evacuated day nursery, including domestic provisions for childcare, lighting, hot water, sanitation, the need for extra heating, and the need for further supervision of the matron to improve her performance; the dangers highlighted by the local authorities of bringing in another child due to an outbreak of chickenpox; and a proposal by London County Council for the nursery to relocate to Shalford for use in the longer term due to the current property's unsuitability. Other subjects discussed include the attempted prosecution of a mother for child neglect who disowned her son born out of wedlock following the outbreak of war; and billeting arrangements for a baby boy. Documents in the file include a room plan of the nursery, including all the amenities.


accommodation, administration, allowances, amenities, bedding, billeting, camps, childcare, children, coal, courts, crime, disease, domestic equipment, evacuation, family, freight shipping, heating, hostels, hot water, householders, housing, infants, infrastructure, land ownership, lighting, local authorities, medical supplies, merchant seamen, mothers, Norwegian nationals, oil, parents, police, prosecution, public health, sanitation, schools, standard of living, teachers, telephonic communications, water supply, welfare

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