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Huge gap between cradle and crèche in Madurai

    M. Vandhana
    S Poorvaja
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Very few educational institutions, apartments and government bodies have fully functioning day care centres

Kids at the daycare centre in Lady Doak College in the city on Monday. -Photo: R. Ashok
Kids at the daycare centre in Lady Doak College in the city on Monday. -Photo: R. Ashok

In an airy and spacious room where sunlight streams in, a group of children aged not more than 3 years are clambering up a plastic slide on one corner of the room.

Building blocks and toys are strewn all over the floor and another group of small children are immersed playing with them. Helpers carrying babies navigate around the room keeping a watchful eye on these children.

For children of working mothers, day-care centres and crèches are where they spend the majority of their time. Crèches might be a boon to the working women, but in Madurai their numbers are inadequate. Only a few educational institutions, apartments and government institutions have a fully functioning day care centres.

“Mothers drop off their children here at as early as 8 30 a.m. and come back for them at 5 p.m.,” says Vijayapandi G, a helper at the crèche at the Lady Doak College premises.

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