The need for the Childcare Centre came from the people of this community, when some of the residents brought a request for an anganwadi so that mothers can return to work, and not lose their jobs. The community managed to obtain land from the government, on which they constructed a shed. And the Childcare Centre was started, in 2004.
It is open to children from 2.5 to 5 years. From its modest beginnings the Centre today occupies a quarter acre plot and includes a day care centre, a pre-school and also serves as a meeting venue for women’s groups.
Facilities we offer
1. A daycare centre for children from 2.5 to 5 years.
2. A pre-school for children aged 3 to 5 years.
3. Sessions for women on baby care, family planning, maternal health, vaccinations and nutrition.
4. Empowering women with counselling as well as lectures and awareness programmes to help them understand their rights.
5. A space for the women’s self-help groups to hold their meetings.
6. A cradle and clothes for newborn babies in the community.
7. A programme for pregnant women and young mothers.
8. Distribution of dry rations among the community every month.
The impact of the Centre is visible in the reduction in maternal distress, maternal anemia and low birth weight in babies. The children at the Centre are provided with meals that meet most of their daily nutritional requirements.
Children between the ages of 3 and 6 are also automatically enrolled in the Centre’s English medium kindergarten. At age 4, more than half the children from the Centre are admitted to the Shishu Mandir Education Centre. We also work with the parents of those children not admitted to Shishu Mandir to choose English medium schools for their children. Where required, we offer financial support towards school fees. Our recommendation for English as a language of instruction is because it offers a distinct employability advantage.