Robiah: Child care centres will encourage mothers to continue working

  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 Apr 2011

JOHOR BARU: Few government departments and private companies in Johor provide child care centres at their premises, said state Women, Family, Health and Community Development committee chairman Dr Robiah Kosai.

“Maybe there are constraints such as space or finding suitable people, as those hired for such day care centres are required to have a certificate in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

“Nevertheless, we hope that both the government and private sector will look at setting up more of such centres, which are common in developed countries,” she said at a briefing on the National Family Action Plan here yesterday.

Robiah also hoped that employers, including heads of government departments, would be flexible and understand if a person wanted a transfer to be close to his or her spouse.

“I know of a couple that lives apart, with the wife working in one district and the husband posted elsewhere.

“They want to be transferred to be together to save their marriage, as one of them is thinking of divorce,” she said.

Robiah said more child care centres should be opened not just in government offices, but also in private companies to encourage mothers to continue working after giving birth.

“Having child care centres in government offices and companies will not just help retain talent but also cut down on absenteeism and boost productivity,” she said.

National Population and Family Development Board deputy director-general (policy) Dr Anjli Doshi Gandhi said studies showed 50% of working women hoped their employer could provide child care facilities at the workplace.

“Other types of support needed include special leave to look after their children, subsidy on child care cost, flexi work-time and a place to breastfeed,” she said.

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