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  • 1,000 More Public Daycare Centers to be Built by 2018

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  • The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will build 1,000 more public daycare centers by 2018. For the past three years, 296 centers have been opened through a cost-efficient model, increasing the number of public daycare centers to 934 (as of the end of 2014), and the number is expected to grow to some 2,000.

    The proportion of public daycare centers will increase about 28%, which is two times higher than the current proportion of 13.7%, and the quota will rise from 65,000 to 100,000. The number of public daycare centers will be expanded annually on a gradual basis (150 centers in 2015; 300 centers in 2016; 300 centers in 2017; and 250 centers in 2018).

    To this aim, the SMG has come out with four major guidelines: ① installing equally by region and building centered on regions with high demand for childcare ② minimizing management pressure on private daycare centers in consideration of their co-existence with public daycare centers ③ overcoming financial pressure by focusing on cost-efficient projects ④ strengthening the selection criteria for daycare teachers and directors to heighten the quality of childcare.

    In addition to expanding a more appropriate number of daycare centers, a ‘public management system for daycare teachers’ will be established to raise the quality of childcare by supporting the efforts to secure a pool of competent teachers, after recruiting and offering the related training in the second half of this year. The selection criteria for directors will be reinforced to a minimum of seven years of work experience. These measures will be overseen by the ‘Childcare Quality Support Center’, which will be built within the Seoul Foundation of Women and Family, this May.

    Furthermore, the SMG will discover and proceed with a new type of cost-efficient model this year by utilizing idle spaces in urban parks, after benchmarking the Northern European model that encourages kids to become familiar with the woods and nature.

    The eight models of public daycare center by type are as follows: ① expanding public daycare centers within an apartment complex ② purchasing and converting home and private daycare centers ③ installing within public institutions, purchasing general buildings or constructing on public land ④ reinforcing joint alliances between private and public daycare centers ⑤ expanding public-workplace mixed daycare centers ⑥ utilizing idle classrooms in schools ⑦ utilizing idle spaces in urban parks ⑧ converting to after school daycare centers.

    < Expansion Plan by Year >

    Total 2015 2016 2017 2018
    1,000
    centers
    150
    centers
    300
    centers
    300
    centers
    250
    centers
    630
    billion won
    94.5
    billion won
    189
    billion won
    189
    billion won
    157.5
    billion won

    < Expansion Methods >

    • ① Expanding public daycare centers within an apartment complex.

      - Making it mandatory to build public daycare centers inside a new residential district / converting existing daycare centers in administration buildings.
    • ② Purchasing and converting home and private daycare centers.
    • ③ Installing within public institutions, purchasing general buildings or constructing on public land.
    • ④ Reinforcing joint alliances between private and public daycare centers.
    • ⑤ Expanding public-workplace mixed daycare centers.
      -Joint collaboration between the Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service and Korea Federation of SMEs; supporting the installation and operational budget for small- and mid-sized companies.
    • ⑥ Utilizing idle classrooms in schools.
      - Remodeling idle classrooms; integrated building of daycare centers and kindergartens; building within a complex building.
    • ⑦ Utilizing idle spaces in urban parks.
      - Building within a neighborhood park with more than 10,000㎡ of floor space.
    • ⑧ Converting to after school daycare centers.
      - Targeting daycare centers with more than 200㎡ of floor space at less than 50% of the quota.

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