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CHILD Protection & Child Rights » IV. National Mechanisms » Child Targeted Schemes & Programmes » Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme For the Children of Working Mothers


In today's economy there has been a rising need for women to add to the household income of the family in order to keep them afloat. Hence there have been a larger number of opportunities for the employment of women. Working women require support with regard to the care of their younger children especially infants. Day care is essential to the needs of both mothers and young children.

According to the scheme, creche should have a minimum of 6-8 sq feet per child. It should be well lit, with proper ventilation and a fan should be provided where electricity is available. The Creche should have a play area, toilet facilities and sleeping equipment suitable for young children. Essential educational material for pre-school should also be available. Cooking areas must be monitored and separated from children areas. The food provided to the young children should be of nutritional value appropriate to their age. It is important for the Creche to be linked to local health centres and Anganwadis for health concerns of the children. The Creche may charge families a maximum of Rs 20 for BPL families and Rs. 60 for other families. BPL families must be given priority.

Creche services are mainly carried out by NGOs who are given grants under this Scheme. The implementing agencies in each state are the Central Social Welfare Board, the Indian Council for Child Welfare and the Bhartiya Adim Jati Sevak Sangh. Under this scheme workers in the creche are given training in childcare, health-first aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation with children, emergency, handling hygiene, pre-school education, child nutrition, psychosocial care, etc. To ensure proper services, independent bodies will do monitoring of the creche.

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