01. 08. 12. - 16:45
Vienna ahead of the game with nursery places
Vienna is the first Austrian province to meet EU guidelines for the number of available nursery places for children under three years old.
Statistics show that there are nursery places available for 33.9 per cent of children under the age of three in the Austrian capital.
In the under six category there are places for over 90 per cent of children - as per the EU requirement.
The EU recommends that there be places available for 33 per cent of under three-year-olds.
According to Christian Oxonitsch, SPÖ Education Minister Vienna has passed this level and has places for 33.9 per cent of children, thus making it the first to make the grade.
The Austrian average number of places lies at around 17 per cent.
In Vienna there are 17,966 nursery places for under three year olds.
The EU set the target of 30 per cent back in 2010.
Oxonitsch also confirmed that Vienna has long since reached and exceeded the target for places for children aged between 3 and 6 years old.
Austria has 51,515 places available throughout the country. There is an actual supply rate of places of 100.9 per cent.
However Oxonitsch added "This does not mean the places are always available at your nursery of choice."