Chandigarh: Most of government crèches running in various areas of the city do not have first aid kits and provision of basic medical facilities including growth charts. These facts were highlighted in a survey conducted by students of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University under the guidance of Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR).
While, sharing their survey findings, Simran, third year student from UILS and one of the team members who conducted the study said, “For one month we visited about 24 crèches in the city, which included 16 government, five Sewa Bharti and three private ones.” While analysing our survey, we found that as compared to private and Sewa Bharti crèches, government run creches lack proper health and pre-school activities, added Simran.
Most of the crèche workers stated that they do get medical kits as per the provisions mentioned by government but as they are not used regularly so the kits expire and then it takes lot of time to get new kits. “The government crèches also do not have a proper time table and organised planning for Pre-school education of children. The specifications regarding training and monitoring of crèche workers and helpers was also not uniform in government crèches,” said Manan, another student, who was part of the survey.
Survey findings also claimed that government crèches also lack proper pre-school educational activities because none of the crèche has audio visuals facility installed as mentioned in government circulars.. Students’ also highlighted that there was a decay of all infrastructural facilities provided by government as the crèches have been provided with swings and play area for children but they are not fit for usage. While speaking on the findings of survey, Chairperson, Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Prof Devi Sirohi stated that we will analyse the survey findings and will make required recommendations.
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