Babysitters holding small gatherings with kids and parents

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  • Saturday, 23 May 2020

Playtime: Izzatinabilah (right) and her mother Rozilah (left) together with her sisters taking care of the frontliners’ children during the MCO.

JOHOR BARU: This Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be a meaningful one for Izzatinabilah Mohd Zohor and her family as they will be having gatherings with the families of two government nurses here.

Izzatinabilah and her family had been babysitting five children of two frontliners working at Hospital Sultan Ismail.

“We took care of their children for about three months, and my mum cried when we had to stop taking care of the kids early this month.

“Now we are looking forward to a small gathering with the kids and their parents during Hari Raya, ” she said, adding that they plan to invite one family at a time and take all the necessary precautions, including keeping their hands clean and using sanitisers.

Izzatinabilah, 26, who used to work in a kindergarten, said their mum Rozilah Moin, 48, mooted the idea when she went to the hospital in March for treatment before the movement control order (MCO) was imposed on March 18.

“She said all the doctors and nurses looked so tired and overworked.

“So when the MCO was announced, and when we heard that kindergartens would also be closed, my mum was worried about the stress that these frontliners would face with regard to their children, ” she said

Izzatinabilah said as they lived near the hospital in Mount Austin, Rozilah suggested the family helped the frontliners by offering babysitting services for free.

“I posted an advertisement on social media and two nurses reached out, and we took in their children, ” she said, adding that she and her siblings took turns taking care of the children along with their mother.

Izzatinabilah said it was fun taking care of the four boys and one girl, aged from five months to eight years.

“Their parents supplied milk, clothing and diapers while we cooked their meals, ” she said, adding that their parents would leave them in the morning and pick them up in the evening.

Izzatinabilah said that occasionally, the children would stay overnight if the parents had to work the night shift.

She said they would rest at least once a week when the nurses were off duty.

“When the conditional MCO was announced, some of my siblings and I got jobs and so we had to give up babysitting, ” she said, adding that they all missed the children and they would do it again to help the frontliners in future.

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