CHILDCARE centres should also be set up at residential areas and not just at the workplace, says Women’s Aid Organisation executive chairman Ivy Josiah.
She said not all parents would want to send their children to centres at their workplaces as some working areas were not conducive as a place to care for young children.
“Some workplaces also don’t have enough care workers,” she added.
Josiah said the Government must have a childcare centre policy to care for the children at locations where their parents live.
“We must look beyond the workplaces and go back to where we live.
“We need to listen to parents as not all parents are willing to send their children to the childcare centres at the workplace,” she said.
Josiah was commenting Budget 2015 speech by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who said the existing guidelines on childcare centres at the workplace would be reviewed to encourage the setting up of more childcare centres at the workplace in the private sector.
She said the Government should look at the Singapore model, where childcare centres and old folks homes were set up at residential areas.
On the Government’s plan to buy premises for the Women’s Special Protection Homes in the eastern, northern and central zones, Josiah said WAO was very happy with the Government’s move and would give full cooperation to ensure its success.
Meanwhile, KPJ Healthcare Berhad is introducing a short course for those interested in taking care of the elderly to encourage housewives to return to the job market.
KPJ Healthcare Berhad group marketing and communications senior general manager Rafeah Ariffin said the KPJ university college would offer certificate-level course in geriatric care.
“It will be good for the housewives to take the course as not all have the patience to take care of the elderly,” she said on the Government’s move to improve opportunities for women to return to the job market through the 1Malaysia Support for Housewife programme.
It emphasises skills training and incentives for housewives.
Rafeah said the course would commence early next year together with the certificate in children’s care course.
“Housewives can enrol for the course on a part-time basis and normally we will offer a three-month course,” she added.
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