In our 2018- 2023 strategic plan, The Cradle hopes to set up a foundation that will set up childcare centres for mothers in the informal sector who cannot afford quality daycare services which are all privately owned and managed and therefore expensive. For a mother working in the informal sector, the privilege to stay with their baby for the first three months of their lives on maternity leave doesn’t hold; first, because they have to work and provide for their families. Secondly, children are not allowed in workplaces especially the informal settings such as markets or roads. The reasons for this are related to the health and safety of the child. As a result, there is premature detachment for the child from the mother which affects the baby’s growth and development and the mother’s productivity, respectively.
So in a bid to ensure all children have the same opportunities through a general level of childcare delivered to them to ensure a generation with the right start early in their lives, The Cradle proposes an intervention to create affordable, accessible children’s Day Care Centres within or near markets and informal sector workplaces to allow children to spend more time with their mothers, even as they work. This way, the mothers will be able to continue with the recommended breastfeeding exercise until the child celebrates their second birthday.
We plan to set up onsite childcare centres for the informal sector like at market areas, construction sites etc. These centres will be managed by The Cradle to offer regular daycare and back up care as a service to mothers working in the informal sector of the City. The childcare centres will operate 10 to 16 hours per day for 48 to 49 weeks per year. The service package that will be offered at the centres will include early stimulation, pre-kindergarten education, nutrition and regular health check-ups and immunization.