And I am rejoicing that someone has finally taken heed to my call. I have voiced it several times that Japan doesn’t need a hybrid kindergarten-daycare but concrete measures to solve the child-care issue for working parents. Finally Osaka is taking the lead and has come up with the establishing a “human resource bank,” of trained child-care workers who will go to the child’s home to look after them.
A vision of Mayor Toru Hashimoto, this new system has created employment for 235 care providers. Their duty entails looking after children who are two years and below, in the secure environment of their homes. This is a brand new initiative that requires prospective candidates to register and then undergo extensive training before being a part of the human pool. The municipal government had opened registrations in May and double the anticipated candidates applied.
The initiative removes the hassle of sending the child to a day care center, where the waitlist is very long. The ‘child care bank’ was one of Hashimoto’s campaign pledges and looks like he is delivering what he promised. There are more than 46,000 children across Japan who are on the waitlist and hopefully this new method will cut down 250 names from Osaka’s list, annually.
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