Day-care service may expand

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 January, 2008, 12:00am

The Social Welfare Department is considering expanding the day-care service it established in October.

The department launched the scheme with the target of arranging day care for 40 children.

Parents can collect their children from their day-carers as late as 10pm every day.

Department assistant director Anna Mak Chow Suk-har said 10 children were already taking part in the scheme, and 20 more were expected to join in a month. 'If there is an increasing demand for the service, we will proactively consider increasing the quota next year,' Mrs Mak said.

Day-carer Mrs Shum has taken care of an eight-year-old girl, Wai-har, since last year.

She said she was pleased to offer help to the needy.

'It is a great responsibility to help others look after their kid. It is like taking care of my own child. I am so happy to help her,' she said.

'Some families cannot look after their children.

'I am free to help and I can prove myself useful as a housewife by helping others. It is a contribution to our society.'

In response to recent cases of children being left alone at home, Mrs Mak said the government would boost promotion of childcare services, but she added that day-care services might not be suitable for all families.

Some parents needed to strengthen their crisis awareness and every parent had a duty to look after their own children, she said.