National Creche Scheme | 14 Mar 2020

  • The National Crèche Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme being implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The scheme was earlier named as Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme.
  • It aims to provide day care facilities to children (age group of 6 months to 6 years) of working mothers.
  • The salient features of the National Creche Scheme are as follows:
    • 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 half (7-1/2) hours per day.
    • The number of children in the crèche should not be more than 25 per crèche.
    • User charges will be levied to bring in an element of community ownership.
  • The fund sharing pattern under National Creche Scheme amongst Centre, States/UTs & Non Governmental Organisations/Voluntary Organisations is in the ratio of 60:30:10 for States, 80:10:10 for North Eastern States and Himalayan States and 90:0:10 for UTs.

Benefits of Creche Facility

  • It helps women to manage both their career as well as their family responsibility.
  • It promotes gender diversity at workplaces.
  • Creche facilities help promote gender equality and democracy by increasing participation of women in the economy.

Source: PIB