Women empowerment issues – Jobs,Reservation and education

[pib] National Creche Scheme

The WCD Minister has informed about some progress in the National Creche Scheme. As of today, 6453 creches are functional across the country under the Scheme.

National Creche Scheme

  • Earlier named as Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme, the NCS is being implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme through States/UTs with effect from 1.1.2017.
  • It aims to provide daycare facilities to children (age group of 6 months to 6 years) of working mothers.

Salient features of the Scheme

  • Daycare Facilities including Sleeping Facilities.
  • Early Stimulation for children below 3 years and pre-school education for 3 to 6 years old children.
  • Supplementary Nutrition ( to be locally sourced)
  • Growth Monitoring
  • Health Check-up and Immunization

Further, the guidelines provide that :

  • Crèches shall be open for 26 days in a month and for seven and a half (7-1/2) hours per day.
  • The number of children in the crèche should not be more than 25 per crèche with 01 Worker and 01 helpers respectively.
  • User charges to bring in an element of community ownership and collected as under:
    1. BPL families – Rs 20/- per child per month.
    2. Families with Income (Both Parents) of up to Rs. 12,000/- per month – Rs. 100/- per child per month
    3. Families with Income (Both Parents) of above Rs. 12,000/- per month – Rs. 200/- per child per month.


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