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Childcare instructors start training

By M.OYUNGEREL

In relation to the Childcare Service Law, instructors who will prepare childcare providers have started their training on December 21.
A total of 300 people from 21 provinces are being trained as childcare instructors. They will be teaching five topics, children’s rights, hygiene and health, nutrition, support for development and methods of caring for children with special needs.
“They started training at 9:00 a.m. yesterday (Monday) at the Ministry of Population Development and Social Protection. The course will be three days long and the instructors will be teaching a week long course for childcare providers in their provinces and cities. The curriculum standard has been approved. I think the first childcare service will start by mid-February,” said Member of Parliament L.Erdenechimeg, one of the initiators of the Childcare Service Law.
The Childcare Service Law will become effective starting January 1, 2016. The law will provide daycare and education to 59,000 children who are unable to enroll into kindergartens. The 2016 budget designated 10.8 billion MNT for the law to provide care for 10,000 children. When the bill was being discussed, Parliament initially planned to allocate 50 billion MNT, but the amount was later cut as the government needed to decrease spending due to the economic slump.
“116,000 MNT will be dedicated for one child per month. If a childcare provider is looking after five children, they will get 560,000 MNT a month from the state. We also set a payment guide for parents, which will not exceed 60 percent of the money coming from the state. So parents can pay approximately 60,000 MNT to the childcare provider,” said MP L.Erdenechimeg.
Over 2,000 people applied to become a childcare provider. Approximately 60 percent of registrants are from the countryside, and 40 percent are from Ulaanbaatar.
The criteria for childcare providers are that they must be 18 to 65-year-old Mongolian citizen who has higher than secondary education. They should not be diagnosed with any contagious or mental illnesses or have a criminal record. After a week long training, childcare providers will receive a certificate.
According to MP L.Erdenechimeg, more than 2,000 jobs are expected to be created through the Childcare Service Law.
“The state is able to finance 400 to 450 thousand MNT for every job that is created,” she said.
The law resolves issues concerning not only children but also their parents. It enables approximately 31,000 stay-at-home parents to work, highlighted MP L.Erdenechimeg. The law initiators explain that this will lead to an increase in jobs and employment.

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