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Free-of-charge childcare in nurseries

published: 2019-09-11 09:53, mlan
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The number of places in Warsaw nurseries will increase by 75% this year. By the end of 2019, over 13,000 toddlers will be provided with free-of-charge care.

Providing free-of-charge care in nurseries is one of the priorities assumed by Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw. Parents willing to take advantage of this offer of the Warsaw local government will be guaranteed a free place in a municipal nursery until the end of Mayor’s term of office.

Free nurseries are one of my first election promises,” said Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, at a meeting at a non-public nursery in Wola. “When making that promise, I was talking about the equality of women in legal and financial terms, but also about access to healthcare services. We have worked to ensure that there are as many free places in nurseries as possible in Warsaw, as this allows women to return to the labour market after giving birth. This is only the beginning because we have a full term of office to act on our promise. As far as places in nurseries are concerned, we will bring about a real revolution in Warsaw,” stressed the Mayor.

In February 2019, at the request of the Mayor, the Warsaw City Council agreed to fully finance nursery care. Thanks to the undertaken measures, by the end of 2019, the number of free-of-charge places in the nurseries will reach 13,700. As of 22 November 2018, the number of places in nurseries provided by the City amounted to about 7,800 – and even those were not free of charge. Such a rise in the number of places of about 75% during a year has not been achieved in any other European city comparable to Warsaw.

This rapid increase in the number of nursery places has been possible thanks to cooperation with private entities, i.e. operators running private nursery facilities, and the purchase of over 5,000 new places created by these companies. Parents do not cover any costs other than food – each place is 100%-subsidized by the City, just like in any municipal nursery.

More places in public (municipal) nurseries

At the same time, new municipal nurseries are being constructed. Three new facilities will be opened in September and October 2019 at Łaguny Street (the Wesoła District), Cynamonowa Street (the Ursynów District) and Ciołka Street (the Wola District), with a total of 417 places.

At the end of the year, the facilities run by the Nursery Board for the City of Warsaw [Zespół Żłobków m.st. Warszawy] will offer a total of 8,237 places (including in 68 municipal facilities, in 12 mini–nurseries and in 27 day-care centres run directly by the City).

There are 18 more facilities at various stages of planning or construction. They will be built using energy-saving, green, environmentally-friendly and more secure technologies which shorten the construction time, lower the operating costs (including energy consumption) and ensure high aesthetic quality.

Investments will be located mainly in those districts where they are most needed.

Recruitment schedule until the end of the year

The following schedule of making additional places available for recruitment has been foreseen (which is subject to external factors, i.e. obtaining permits and registration of new facilities, and above all dates declared by entrepreneurs for making them available to the City):
– September – approx. 1,700 new places
– October – approx. 1,000 more places
– November and early December – approx. 1,000 more places
In total, by the end of 2019, about 5,500 places will be purchased in private nurseries.