- 10% of mothers are forced to take a part-time job for lack of convenient day-care solutions, either because they are full or too expensive. Day-care solutions need to be found in order to reduce this dramatic impact on employment and society.
- The number of children under age six grows by 1.1% per year in France. This issue has consequences on employment and gender-related equal opportunity.
- In France, the average monthly cost per child before resource allocations and tax credit reaches €465, not to mention the average €1,260 required for childcare.
- Child-care infrastructures should be accessible to ALL children, regardless of their social or cultural background. Diversity, including disability, promotes child development in terms of socialization.
- As the day-care centre team is involved in child education, interactions between staff and parents must be encouraged. As families have grown apart, the transmission of parenting skills has weakened, especially in urban areas. Parents often feel helpless faced with their child’s behaviour and often need assistance with parenting. Some may also need further assistance, advice and direction, for example from the State.
- This implies creating centres from scratch, defining clear project guidelines, income-based prices and acceptance processes, and reinforcing staff qualification.