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Call for improved daycare facilities to help working parents

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Call for improved daycare facilities to help working parents

By Kornrawee Panyasuppakun 
The Nation

 

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Participants including little girls signed a pledge wall to show thier commitment to join collective efforts to ensure every child in Thailand has a fair chance to thrive ans reach their fullest potential

 

Daycare facilities and companies need to adjust their environment to help working parents who are leading modern urban lives, a panel discussion was told on Thursday.

 

Many Thai parents have to send their children to be raised by grandparents upcountry while they toil in the city, said Sunee Chairos, an academic at Rangsit University, during the forum which was organised by the Foreign Ministry and UNICEF Thailand.

 

She said that to help ease their burden, the government must step in to help, by first tailoring state-run daycare centres to the needs of working parents.

 

The centres must deliver high quality daycare services to kids and also must be sufficient in numbers, charge a reasonable price, and be in harmony with parents’ working hours, she said.

 

While parents need to head to work early and often leave work late, daycare facilities must change their hours to match that schedule, she said, adding that state-owned preschool facilities currently open very late and close very early.

 

She also urged the government to accept younger children to centres, accepting babies as young as three months old, not just start accepting when they are about three years old.

 

She said the government needs to invest more money in daycare. As early years are of prime importance to the development of a child, she urged the government to extend the Bt600 monthly Child Support Grant, which is currently limited to impoverished families with children up to three years old.

 

The government should give the grant until the toddlers reach six years old, she said, and it should also be given to all families regardless of their income.

 

The private sector also needs to play a part in helping employees. Sansiri PLC, for example, has a breastfeeding room in some of its offices, said the company's deputy executive vice president Sirindha Mongkolnavin

 

“We also allow employees to take maternity leave longer than the law requires and also allow them work flexible hours or work remotely from home to spend time with their young children,” said Sirindha.

 

She added that as technology will continue to disrupt jobs, Thailand needs to do more to prepare its human capital. All sectors must come together to equip the younger generation with creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills that are highly valued in the business world, she said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362120

 

 
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Now accepting 3 month or 4 - just before walking months is ridiculous. That is totally the time grandma and grandpa do the rest of the family can help. Talking about warping the kids mind and character like a refugees 

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The Grandparents stop looking after the kids, the parents pay for daycare And don't have any money left to send any to their parents who are left trying to live on the huge government pension of 500 Baht/month.

  Sounds really well thought out, not.....

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Back in the 50's when I was a kid we had government day care nursery's could have been free in the UK

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Creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills may be highly valued in the business world, but not by the ruling elites. 

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A couple of observations. Of course it might be preferable to have the grandparents look after the kids. Maybe. Not definitely. Alot of grandparents are incredibly permissive, and the kids learn no sense of limitations, and discipline. Second, Thai culture considers it ok to have the grandparents raise the kids, while the parents, or the single mother works a thousand kilometers away. This is not healthy for the child. to grow up without a parent around. 

 

Thirdly, in the US, the only real alternative parents have is a pre-school arrangement. This costs anywhere between $500 and $2500 a month! I know couples who spend more on child care, than they do on health care. And that says alot, considering that in the post Obamacare era, most couples spend anywhere from $1,200 to $2,000 a month on health care in the US now. Even for a private elementary school in the US, it is $2000 a month and up. That is inane, and more evidence that American society is breaking down, at a breakneck pace. 

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govt plans to give all newborns mobile phones with unlimited gaming , facebook and Thai tv soap access

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20 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Back in the 50's when I was a kid we had government day care nursery's could have been free in the UK

Our grandparents also had pensions to live on, they didn't have to rely on handouts from their kids....

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14 minutes ago, kannot said:

govt plans to give all newborns mobile phones with unlimited gaming , facebook and Thai tv soap access

That'd keep them nicely brainwashed, no danger of revolutionary thoughts there then...

 

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