Taiwan families suffering due to shortage of childminders: civic group

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/10
By:  Central News Agency

(CNA photo)

A civic group said Sunday that parents in Taiwan are making the difficult choice of giving up their jobs because they have no one to help take care of their babies, and this is also deterring couples from having children.

Meanwhile, childcare centers are overcrowded, accepting more than 90 children per day in some cases, as there are no government restrictions in that regard, according to the Childcare Policy Alliance (CPA), a group that is advocating for a national childcare policy.

These problems stem from the shortage of in-home childminders, who number about 26,000 nationwide and are mostly over the age of 50, the CPA said, citing its own data.

"Home-based nannies are not only aging but are in shortage," CPA coordinator Liu Yu-hsiu (劉毓秀) said at a Mother's Day press conference.    [FULL  STORY]

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