City Inaugurates Three New Daycare Centers
Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the joint opening ceremony for three government-owned-privately-operated daycare centers on November 10.The three facilities, located inside Dalung Elementary School, Yongchun Elementary School, and Guandu Junior High School respectively, bring the number of Taipei’s public childcare institutions to 16.
According to Ko, the city government has shifted the focus on implementing child-rearing infrastructure from larger-scale facilities to community-based facilities, given the shortage of suitable locations. As such, public schools have been encouraged to allocate available spaces for daycare services, allowing for an integrated approach to utilizing educational resources.The adjustment of nanny-infant ratio has also contributed to improved efficiency of childcare services. Before, every ten infants were put in the hands of three babysitters. Following careful evaluations, it is considered more appropriate for four babysitters to take care of twelve babies.
The mayor pointed out that a range of policies have been carried out to help boost the City’s low birth rates. Measures include NT$8,000 in subsidy for the birth of a second child, setup of a nanny matchmaking platform and infant products exchange center, as well as the effort to promote community childcare.
As municipalities across the island are stepping up the amount of child-raising allowances, Ko noted that Taipei has allocated a welfare budget for next year with an annual increase of NT$4 billion. He stressed that the city government’s top concern is how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of budgeting.