Singapore news repost: Dads will get more help to be active parents

Fathers can expect more help so that they can play a more active role in parenting, Senior Mini-ster of State Josephine Teo said yesterday.

It is one of three priorities Mrs Teo, who oversees population matters at the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD), has set for herself this year.

Her other priorities are to ensure affordable childcare services reach those who need them and to ensure a conducive environment for couples to start a family.

Mrs Teo said the take-up rate for paternity leave, which was doubled to two weeks on a voluntary basis last year, had been very modest and “can be much higher”.

Detailed datawill be released at a later date. But she said: “Some young fathers may not be aware of it yet. And some do encounter a little bit of difficulty when they raise it with their employers.”

The civil service and several large corporations have implemented the enhanced paternity leave, which gives fathers an extra week off work, the payment of which will be borne by the Government.

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It takes a whole society, a whole culture, to put marriage as a priority to get this going.

SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE JOSEPHINE TEO, on encouraging people to get married and have babies earlier

But small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which hire 70 per cent of the local workforce, have not been as quick to implement it owing to their tight manpower.

Mr Kurt Wee, president of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, told The Straits Times in November that among eligible SME employees, only 40 per cent take up a full week of paternity leave.

Mrs Teo said it was important for fathers to play an active role in raising their children, especially with eight in 10 women aged 25 to 54 active in the workforce.

The Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP was giving an update on the population portfolio to reporters yesterday when she welcomed children on their first day of school at the PAP Community Foundation Sparkletots Childcare in Bishan.

Mrs Teo took over the job in October last year from Ms Grace Fu, who became Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.

The childcare services to be made available will not only be affordable but of good quality as well, she said.

The Early Childhood Development Agency, she noted, is on track to meet its target of providing full-day childcare services for one in two children by next year. About 13,000 places were added last year.

Latest official numbers show about 30,500 Singaporean babies were born as at Dec 1 last year, Singapore’s Golden Jubilee year.

The full year’s figures are expected to be close to the 33,193 citizen births in 2014 – up from 31,017 such births in 2013, but a tad lower than the 33,238 births in 2012, which was the auspicious Year of the Dragon for Chinese births.

Mrs Teo said boosting the birth rate will need taking approaches beyond policies or incentives.

Rather, it is important to “enhance workplace and community support for parenting”, she added.

This means convincing stakeholders, such as employers and shopping malls, to provide flexible work options and family-friendly amenities, for instance.

It is about “how they help couples feel that parenting is a very rewarding process, and help minimise the stress that comes with it”, she said.

Coaxing people to get married and have babies earlier was “a little bit more dicey (and) harder to work on”, given such meaningful pursuits as studies and careers, she noted. “It takes a whole society, a whole culture, to put marriage as a priority to get this going,” she said, adding that the NPTD will gather more feedback on this front.

A Post From NPW by “Will More Day Care Help Boost Japan’s Sluggish Economy”

Japan has made progress recently in getting more women to join the workforce. The latest numbers show a greater percentage of Japanese women work outside the home than American women. But for a rapidly aging and shrinking population, that progress may not be fast enough.

One of the biggest reasons Japanese women choose to stay home is the lack of child care options. As of the latest count, in April 2015, about 23,000 Japanese children were on waiting lists for day care. Unable to find other options, many parents give up the hunt.

Hato Poppo Nursery School in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward takes children ranging in age from 3 months to kindergartners. It’s one of Japan’s highly coveted, subsidized day care centers for families of all income levels. Children are dropped off as early as 6 a.m. and stay as late as 8 at night because of their parents’ 12-hour workdays.

“There’s a huge demand for day care and kindergartens. The number of day cares are increasing, but slowly,” says director Takayuki Yoshizawa.

At the Hato Poppo Nursery School in Tokyo's Setagaya ward, the waiting list is as long as 1,200.

At the Hato Poppo Nursery School in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward, the waiting list is as long as 1,200.

Courtesy Hato Poppo Nursery School

Parents face long odds just to get their child into a center like this. Reika Hattori considers herself lucky that she found her preschooler a spot in a center.

“In total, I applied to maybe 20 to 30 to get into one,” she says.

It meant a gauntlet of applications and lists — competition for slots so tough that it has its own name, hokatsu, an abbreviation for “actively searching for a day care.” She says her fellow moms often wanted to keep working after having babies, but “some of them couldn’t get back because of the nursery school, because they can’t find any nursery school.”

In fast-aging Japan, where 26 percent of the population is 65 or older, resolving the child care crisis is now at the center of economic policy. Recognizing that keeping young, educated women in the workforce is crucial to Japan’s economy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made “womenomics” central to his economic revival plan. His pledge is to cut child care waiting lists to zero.

“They’re about halfway to their goal, but at least there’s been some progress on that front,” says Kathy Matsui, the chief Japan strategist at Goldman Sachs. She’s a longtime advocate of gender diversity in Japan and is responsible for coining the term “womenomics” more than a decade ago.

The argument was simple but took a long time to take hold.

“If you could raise Japan’s female labor participation rate to that of Japanese men,” Matsui says, “then you could significantly lift the size of Japan’s economy.”

On the policy front, there’s been movement in getting more women in the workforce. Abe’s pledge to create 400,000 new day care slots by 2018 is being subsidized by the government, and Japanese parents are getting a “child allowance” as well, based on family income and number of children.

Matsui says women are still at a disadvantage because cultural attitudes are harder to change than policy.

“Even if you have the infrastructure and the support around you,” she says, “there are questions from your family members about ‘is it really appropriate for you to be raising a newborn or your infant child when you’re not home full-time?’ ”

Japanese men do the lowest amount of household work in the developed world, a reflection that the East Asian nation still sees caretaking and household duties as women’s domain.

For mom Reika Hattori, finding a day care slot was one win — but she says her husband sharing the load at home is the key to making her family work.

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Little Corner SchoolHouse (LCSH) Childcare Philosophy(Daycare In Brookline)

Little Corner SchoolHouse (LCSH)  was founded in 1989 as a co-educational facility, servicing the needs of parents and their children from 3 months to 5+ years of age.  Our programs include Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Pre-K.

At Little Corner SchoolHouse (LCSH) we recognize the needs of each individual child and work hand in hand with parents to provide a safe, loving, and learning environment.  Our child-centered environment promotes growth in all areas of development – social, emotional, cognitive and physical.  The developmentally appropriate curriculum helps to develop the child’s self-esteem.  We encourage self-help skills and support our children’s natural curiosity to explore and experiment.  Our program fosters respect and teaches our children to appreciate the cultural diversity in our school.  We will celebrate customs and rituals that link our diverse cultures together with other families.

At Little Corner SchoolHouse (LCSH) , we understand that the most effective teachers are those who cherish children and take great pleasure in them.  Teachers are the cornerstone of our organization, upon which is built the interaction with children that reflects a sincere commitment to and respect for children above all.

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110 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446

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