Workplace Solutions for Childcare

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This book examines why workplaces around the world have become involved in childcare and the nature of the programs that have been implemented. It provides an overview of diverse workplace initiatives beyond traditional preschool care. Partnership is a key theme, and the authors highlight the fruitfulness of collaborations that combine the resources and capabilities of different actors.

Ten industrialized and developing countries are examined through a national overview on policies and facilities for childcare and the implications for working parents, followed by case studies of specific workplaces. The studies provide considerable detail on why the childcare support was started, how it is funded and managed, how various partners are involved, and the perspectives of workers and employers on the support provided.

The book shows how support for childcare has been organized and funded in a variety of workplaces and the diversity of the partnerships that have evolved in both developing and industrialized countries. It will be a useful resource for policymakers and workplace partners looking for practical ways to help working parents with their childcare needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789221220350
  • Publisher: International Labor Office
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Hein is senior adviser for the Conditions of Work and Employment Programme at ILO.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I

1 Introduction 3

1.1 Objectives 3

1.2 What is childcare? 5

1.3 Why childcare for working parents is important 7

1.4 International guidance: Conventions and labour standards 11

1.5 What are "workplace solutions"? 12

1.6 Case studies and examples 16

1.7 Organization of the book 18

2 National contexts of workplace solutions 19

2.1 Ages of children and issues 19

2.2 Concerns of working parents 24

2.3 Childcare options 26

2.4 Government approaches to childcare 39

2.5 Government funding strategies 41

2.6 Balancing quality and cost 45

2.7 Conclusions 49

3 Perspectives of workplace partners 53

3.1 Government measures targeting employers 53

3.2 Employers and their organizations 64

3.3 Trade unions 76

3.4 Municipalities or local government 83

3.5 Specialized childcare providers 84

3.6 Childcare workers 86

3.7 International donors 88

3.8 Conclusions 89

4 Workplace solutions 93

4.1 Company or on-site facilities 94

4.2 Linking with facilities in the community 108

4.3 Financial support 113

4.4 Advice and referral services 121

4.5 Back-up emergency care 123

4.6 Conclusions 128

5 Conclusions and lessons learned 133

5.1 Lessons for governments and public policy 134

5.2 Lessons for workplace partners 139

5.3 Lessons for employers' and workers' organizations 147

Part II

6 Brazil Suyanna Linhales Barker 151

National overview 151

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation 159

Natura 163


Medley 169

7 Chile Marco Kremerman Strajilevich 173

National overview 173

University of Concepcion 182

Aguas Andinas S.A. 187

Childcare Centres for Seasonal Working Mothers (CAHMT), Melipilia 191

Plaza Vespucio Mall S.A. 197

8 France Laura Addati 203

National overview 203

Rennes Atalante Science and Technology Park (Beaulieu) 220

SNPE Le Bouchet Research Centre 227

Aix-la-Duranne Employment Site (Aix-en-Provence) 234

9 Hungary Katalin Tardos 241

National overview 241

IBM Hungary 249

Gedeon Richter Plc 254

Hungarian Academy of Sciences 259

Hungarian Post Office Ltd 263

Magyar Telekom Plc 268

10 India N. Hamsa 273

National overview 273

Gokaldas Images Private Ltd 283

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) 287

Infosys 289

Wipro Technologies 293

The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) 296

Peenya Industries Association 298

11 Kenya Laura Addati 303

National overview 303

SOCFINAF Co. Ltd-Ruiru Coffee Plantations 312

Red Lands Roses Ltd-Ruiru Rose Farm 318

12 South Africa Jill Cawse 325

National overview 325

BMW South Africa 333

First National Bank (FNB) Head Office, Johannesburg 336

Old Mutual Head Office, Cape Town 339

Melsetter Agricultural Farm 342

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital, Pretoria 347

13 Thailand Supawadee Petrat 351

National overview 351

Phra Pradaeng Industrial Zone 357

Network of Nawanakhon Labour Unions 362

Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (AEROTHAI) 366

Business Trade Organization of the Office of the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and Educational Personnel: BOWT 371

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden 374

14 United Kingdom (England) Catherine Hein 379

National overview 379

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 390

15 United States Joanne Land-Kazlauskas 399

National overview 399

1199 SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund 411


Characteristics and services of workplace initiatives by company 417

Bibliography 425

Index 439

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