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  • Seoul Metropolitan Government Grants 450 Million Won to 26 Village Communities for Joint Childrearing

  • Education, Women & Children News SMG 4379

    Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will provide a total of 459 million won this year to the 26 childrearing communities it has selected and where villagers jointly grow and take care of children.

    The SMG recently inspected the 26 communities and found them to be armed with stable business infrastructure including caring spaces and membership base. They have various alternative childrearing models catering to the local living conditions and characteristics, implementing social care wherein the villagers share the burden and jointly give care to children. They are materializing new childrearing models through various programs including ecological experience and family camps at the same time providing parents with communities and caring spaces by operating communal child care rooms and cafes. Additionally, they are providing temporary childcare service for low-income families, multicultural families, and families wherein both parents engage in vocational activities.

    In this regard, the joint childrearing assistance program that started last year was found to be spreading the communal childcare culture as a new childrearing method and contributing to the galvanization of communities for childcare as the program is gradually producing tangible outcomes. Above all, with villagers jointly giving care to and supporting children, the program is laying the foundation to have our children overcome competition as well as the inequitable environment and grow into persons with warm personality and mutual respect.

    The SMG judges that, in order for community childrearing facilities to take root and spread further, they should secure self-sustainability above all else so that they can operate on their own even without external assistance. Accordingly, the city is providing diverse forms of assistance to enable communities to develop sustainable business systems in accordance with the characteristics and conditions of the respective villages, by providing customized consulting and various education opportunities.

    ’13 Exemplary Models

    ① Saemaeul Undong (The New Village Movement) Geumcheon Branch (Geumcheon-gu)
    Shiheung 4-dong offers village community childcare service.

      【Operating hours and number of participants】

    • Eight infants and young children (ages 3 ~ 5), visit to the community with children, care given from 11: 00 to 18:00 (no. of members: 30 people)
      ※ Program: Caring place, farming garden, balloon art lecture, outing to nearby places, etc.

    ② Nature Hill Apartment, Onsemiro (Seocho-gu)
    – Galvanization of joint childrearing clubs, care giving to village infants and young children

      【Operating hours of 4 Pumasi (communal labor exchange) childrearing teams, number of participating households】

    • Age 4 Dure Village: Morning team, 10:30~13:30 on Mondays, 7 households
    • Age 4 Dure Village: Afternoon team, 16:30~19:00 on Thursdays, 4 households
    • Age 3, Children bestowed by the heaven: 10:30~13:00 on Fridays, 15 households
    • Age 5, Dreaming children, Ages 4~9 Children embracing the sun: 10:00~14:00, every other Saturday, 25 households

    ③ Jungang Heights Hope Guardian (Geumcheon-gu)
    – Children growing together with hope

      【Operating hours and number of participants】

    • Give care to 8 infants and young children (ages 2 ~ 5) on the average per day, 10 lower-grade elementary students from 10:00 to 17:00 through pumasi (communal labor exchange) childrearing
      ※ Program: child yoga, ecological experience, chorus contest, educational lecture, flea market, village festival, etc.

    ④ Joint Childrearing Project by Moms in the Neighborhood (Gangbuk-gu)
    – Establishment of Dotori (acorn) joint childrearing childcare center

      【Operating hours and number of participants】

    • Give care to 7 infants and young children (ages 1~2) on the average per day based on the pumasi (communal labor exchange) method from 9:30 to 16:30
      ※ Program: physical exercise, narration of old stories, learning folklore songs, walk through the village, forest activities, etc.

    ⑤ Ecological Childrearing, Community Forest Children’s Playground (Eunpyeong-gu)

      【Operating hours and number of participants】

    • Moms operate the program as various forest experience activities with children, give care to 10 infants and young children (ages 0~9) on the average from 10:00 to 14:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (no. of members: 30 people).
      ※ Program: Playing in the forest, forest sports competition, encounter with migrant birds (ecological exploration), hiking to Mount Imalsan (Eunpyeong)

    Walk through the village on a rainy day

    ⑥ Beautiful Village Community – “Moms’ Café (Dongjak-gu)

      【Operating hours and number of participants】

    • One caregiver teacher deployed at Moms’ Cafe; about 30 moms and children (ages 0~5) visit daily on the average, operated from 10:00 to 20:00
      * The Pumasi (communal labor exchange) method is implemented from 11:00 to 13:00 on Wednesdays and from 10:00 to 13:00 on Thursdays.
      ※ Program: Walk with Dad on Memorial Day, Anabada Flea Market for Dongjak moms, Childhood painting (storytelling, childhood psychology), visit to ancient relics in our village