Private daycare centers in industrial parks to receive government’s support

The government will financially support private daycare centers following the guidelines of the Prime Minister’s project to assist and develop nurseries in industrial parks and export processing zones by 2020.

The project aims to strengthen the growth of these facilities and contribute to support female workers with children below 36 months old. From now until 2020, 80 percent teachers and staffs working in private daycare centers will be professionally trained.

Seventy percent of children below 36 months old will receive the opportunity for daycare in government-run centers. The government will also give assistance to 500 private centers.

The project aims to train managers, teachers, nursemaids, mothers, and caretakers of children below 36 months old. There will be policies implemented favoring working mothers of young children.

The Vietnam Women Association will work with the Ministry of Education and Training to provide training courses. Expenses will be drawn from local companies, organizations and individual donations.

There are 5,590 unlicensed daycare centers in the country, according to the Ministry of Education and Training.

Only 18.8 percent of families send their children to public kindergartens and more than 36.7 percent of families send their children to private daycare centers in areas with industrial parks, according to the Vietnam Women Association. Most female workers in these areas send their children to unlicensed daycares.

Among 10 provinces with high amounts of industrial parks and export processing zones, only 16.9 percent have kindergartens, according to the Vietnam General Federation of Labor. Only 39.9 percent of these kindergartens are public and 60.1 percent are private. Due to the shortage of public facilities, parents have sent their children to unlicensed private schools with questionable practices.

By Phan Thao – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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