MC initiated an intervention in the lives of children at a time when there was no buzz around Child Rights or malnutrition. And little understanding of the overlapping concerns of children, women and workers. MC developed a model for childcare, for young children of marginalised communities, in the form of day care centres at a place of work, a construction site, in a settlement, or in an urban slum.
ECD, the cornerstone of lifelong learning and health and a level playing field
Experienced team, rooted to the ground and transparent in process
Need based and time- tested day care models with a replicable core
Administrative costs to program costs in the ratio of 1:10
A Day in the Life of a Day Care Centre
The hub of all activity is the Centre, built at each construction site, or housed in a community centre in the slums. Brick walls and a tin roof is all we need, at first, to house our crèche, balwadi and classroom.
By 9:00 a.m. the mothers start to arrive to leave their children for the day.
The Crèche is for babies below 3 years - here they will feed on milk and cereal, and rest in the safe hands of the childcare worker, while their mothers are at work.
Our toddlers, from 3 to 6 years keep busy at the Balwadi playing with pebbles, blocks, strings and beads, in the sand-box or the doll's house. They learn as they play and eagerly sit down in a circle at 10.30 a.m. for story-time!
The older brothers and sisters are happy to attend class, relieved for some time of their baby-sitting chores. Playing with alphabets and numbers in the NFE (non-formal education) classes is something they look forward to.
Lunchtime! Everyone tucks into hot khichdi (gruel of rice, lentils and vegetables).
While the kids nap in the afternoon, the staff catches up on work. Notes are made, meetings planned, and reminders chalked out for health follow-ups and other important tasks.
Refreshed from a nap the children settle down on the mats around low tables to focus on the afternoon activity of the day - painting, paper folding and pasting, clay work - depending on the weekly plan.
Around 5:00 p.m., mothers start arriving to pick up their kids. A snack of channa or peanut chikki and they are off. All is quiet till 9:00 the next morning.