Dual-time parents have a great demand for childcare and after-school care. The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Luo Zhiguangjin (19th) wrote on his blog that 19 mutual help child care centers will be reorganized in phases starting from 2021/22. Support staff transformed to provide after-school care services for pre-school children under the age of 3 to 6.
As of August this year, 4 centers have been reorganized.
Dual-time parents have a large demand for after-school care.
Luo Zhiguang explained in his blog the concept of developing after-school care services in kindergartens. He said that when he did not join the government a few years ago, he visited a mutual help child care center. The residents showed the spirit of mutual help among neighbors. The concept was very good, but he encountered many difficulties in implementation. , Although there are volunteers but the staff is unstable, it will be unable to provide support due to lack of manpower, resulting in a low utilization rate.
Reorganization of Mutual Help Child Care Centre to Strengthen Care for Pre-school Children
On the other hand, at present, after-school care services are only provided to students of elementary school or above. Parents can only ask their children to enroll in the kindergarten and afternoon kindergarten to solve the problem of care by attending classes for a long time.
He pointed out that after research, the Social Welfare Department decided to strengthen the care services for pre-school children through the reorganization of mutual help child care centers.
The service quota planning ratio is included in the "Guidelines". Last year, the child care center parent allowance was introduced
Luo Zhiguang also cited a number of child care service development strategies that have been implemented during his tenure, including formulating an appropriate planning ratio for subsidized child care center service places. The planning ratio was included in the "Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines" in March last year; in the short and medium term, through different developments Projects, such as the Land Sale Project, the "Special Plan for Welfare Use of Private Land", etc., to increase the number of subsidized child care centres, etc.
In addition, in the 2019/20 school year, the subsidy level of subvented child care centers will be increased from 20% to 40%. In February last year, the "Child Care Center Parent Allowance" was launched to subsidize parents to use subsidized child care center services.
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