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  • SMG to Build 300 Accessible Day Care Centers for 2017

  • Education, Women & Children News SMG 9939

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will build 300 additional public daycare centers in 2017 by spending a budget of KRW 165 billion. This will raise ‘accessibility,’ parents’ top priority in selecting a daycare center. In 2012, there were 1.5 public daycare centers per neighborhood that took over an average of 25 minutes to reach by foot. In 2017, there will be up to four centers in each neighborhood (the approved standard), reducing the walking distance to just 15 minutes.

    SMG’s Public Daycare Center Expansion Plan

    Year 2011 2012 2015 2016 2017 2018 2020
    No. of Centers 6,105 6,538 6,598 6,363 6,400 6,400 6,400
    Public 658 765 1,117 1,419 1,719 1,954 2,154
    Ratio 10.8% 10.6% 16.9% 22.3% 26% 30% 33%

    ※ Due to the implementation of the free childcare service in 2012, the number of home/private daycare centers increased while public daycare centers and their enrollment rate decreased temporarily.

    According to the ‘Satisfaction Survey on the Expansion of Public Daycare Centers’ the 1,301 parents who sent their children to public daycare centers between 2015 and 2016 prioritized ‘accessibility,’ followed by ‘reputation’ and ‘public’ in their selection of a daycare center.

    Starting this year, ‘Daycare Center Safety Officers’ will be dispatched to evaluate the safety of the facilities at daycare centers. In 2017, the number of daycare centers that will be inspected by ‘Visiting Nurses’ will be expanded to 3,000 from 2,000 in 2016 to monitor child abuse as well as infectious diseases.

    In addition to sending ‘Daycare Center Safety Officers’ and expanding upon the ‘Visiting Nurse’ system, the SMG will increase the teacher resource pool that supports the recruitment of verified teachers two fold from 1,368 in 2016 to 2,500 in 2017.

    The SMG plans to increase the number of daycare centers to 2,154 by 2020 with over 30% of them being public to ensure that one out of two children who attend a daycare center can go to a public daycare center.

    Inquiries: Childcare Officer (Tel) +82-2-2133-5128