Closure of creches leaves working parents in a lurch

Pranita Roy
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Working parents who do not have the ‘work from home’ option at the workplace, are suddenly finding themselves scrambling to make arrangements for children at home. 

PUNE: With a majority of the day care centres in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad choosing to remain shut to avoid the spread of coronavirus, the struggle is real for families where both parents are working and rely on such creches for their children. 

Working parents who do not have the ‘work from home’ option at the workplace, are suddenly finding themselves scrambling to make arrangements for children at home. 

“Both of us haven’t got ‘work from home’ yet. So my eight-year-old son is spending time with his cousins, who fortunately live in the same area. But it is difficult for us,” said the mother. She and her husband are graphic designers working in manufacturing and IT company, respectively.

A day care centre’s employee in Shivajinagar, on condition of anonymity, stated that while the State government has directed that all day care centres remain closed, the housing society from where it functions, has objected. “However, they have decided to remain shut until further notice.”

Aajol, a chain of day care centres in Pune is, however, open and has been taking precautionary measures to keep the children safe.

Director of Aajol, Monika Kulkarni said, “We have not got any specific notifications from the district administration about closing down of day care centres. We have 26 centres across the city. We had issued a notification for our parents about the care, but there are a few parents who have no option.”

On Monday, the number of children coming to our centre reduced considerably. We have been measuring the temperature of every child and asking them to clean hands before entering the premises. Similarly, parents have not been allowed to enter unless absolutely necessary. ”— Monika Kulkarni,  Director of Aajol

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