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Working Mothers - Ideal Creche.

AN IDEAL CRECHE WOULD PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES.

  1. ADEQUATE ROOM
    Avoid overcrowding
    Approx 30 to 40 sq ft room for each child
    Free movement and play
    Chances of disease transmission decrease
    Less chance of collision accidents

  2. ADEQUATE VENTILATION
    Enough windows for free flow of fresh air
    Grilled doors that let in air
    Good ventilation reduces air borne disease transmission
    Good ventilation reduces sweating

  3. ADEQUATE LIGHTING
    Sunlit room ushers in a bright and happy mood
    Dingy room is depressing
    Sunlight kills bacteria and viruses
    Sunlight reduces flies and mosquitoes

  4. ADEQUATE NUMBER OF CARE TAKERS:
    A ratio of one caretaker to three children
    Owner(s) + assistant(s) + maid(s)
    Inadequate number of caretakers will tire out soon (irritability)

  5. A POLICY OF GOOD GENERAL HYGIENE:
    A change of clothes for all children during the day
    Change clothes immediately on soiling
    Change diapers when soiled
    Wash children after feeding
    Bathe if required
    Teach older children to wash themselves
    Keep the toilet clean for children at all times
    Keep the floor clean
    Wipe toys with wet cloth (mouthing)

  6. APPROPRIATE NUTRITION:
    Under six months - expressed breastmilk - refrigeration facility
    Bottle-feeding to be avoided (Liquid animal milk)
    Appropriate complementary foods for infants above six months
    Prepared food to be heated slightly before feeding
    Fresh food to be hygienically prepared
    Caretakers should wash hands before preparing / feeding meals
    Raw fruits / vegetables to be washed well
    Respect culture and tradition
    Encourage feeding of older children at one time
    Encourage self feeding
    Avoid peanuts, grams etc that could choke a child accidentally
    Unwell caretakers should avoid feeding children
  1. TIMELY MEDICAL CARE:
    Home remedies for fever, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach colic etc
    Contact nearby doctor for emergencies
    Advice parents to keep a sick child at home until well.
    First aid for small injuries, abrasions, cuts, and choking

  2. ACCIDENT PREVENTION:
    Avoid slippery floors
    Avoid keeping sharp edged toys
    Avoid heavy / sharp edged furniture in the play area
    Prevent a child from going alone in the toilet
    Keep blade, knife, scissors, nails, nuts, beads, small rubbers, pills,
    peanuts, grams, beans, matches, glass items, liquid medicines,
    kerosene, toilet-cleaning liquids, paints, etc out of reach.

  3. PSYCHOSOCIAL STIMUTATION:
    Small infants should be provided physical warmth and tenderness
    Older infants should be talked to and sung to
    Story telling sessions can be held
    Toddlers can be taught colors, names of objects, animal sounds, and rhymes etc
    Pictures and flash cards can be made for older children
    Dancing to music
    Decorate room with colorful calendars and charts
    Common games and coloring activities
    Feeding together
    Older children encouraged to help in taking care of infants
    Children never to be scolded, threatened or beaten
    Children must feel secure in the crèche.

  4. COUNSELING TO PARENTS:
    Regarding breastfeeding and use of expressed breastmilk
    Regarding avoidance of bottle-feeding
    Regarding timely introduction of, and types of complementary
    foods
    Regarding psychosocial stimulation (interaction) at home
    Regarding spacing of children
    Regarding accident prevention at home

  5. COST-EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT:
    Crèche facility should be affordable by parents
    Advise parents on the use of home available and home cooked
    foods
    Discourage use of expensive junk food snacks
    Use simple toys in the crèche (made by crèche owners, parents,
    children)
    It would be a good idea to dress all crèche children in simple cotton
    clothes for uniformity of status

  6. IDEA OF A COMMUNITY CRECHE FOR WORKING WOMEN
    Working women need support for breastfeeding and infant care
    Crèche near the workplace would be a boon
    Space could be provided by the employers
    Multiple companies in one area can sponsor a common crèche
    Crèche can be run on principles outlined above
    Breastfeeding breaks can be provided to mothers by employers
    Mothers can check-in on the their infants
    Crèche can double up as a preschool nursery
    Crèche could be used as a nutrition center for malnourished infants
    The crèche could be maintained on salary cuts taken from parents
    Parents could contribute a relative for working part-time in crèche
    Parents could contribute toys and other stuff for psychosocial stimulation

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