25% of children under 6 months go to a nursery

The conciliation It has become a big problem for many families. Being able to combine work and family life becomes an impossible mission for many homes that find a solution to this situation in children's schools. In these centers the professionals take care of the smallest while the parents fulfill their work obligations.

But, to what extent are these services used? According to data from Daycare & Family 2018, the 25% Children under 6 months old already attend a nursery school. Results that also show how more than half of parents feel that they do not invest the time they would want with their children.


Reconciliation, unfinished business

Along with the aforementioned data of 25% of children in nursery schools, another fact that draws attention to this study is that almost 70% of working parents consider that they do not have time to be with their children. A situation that leads to 66.4% of respondents confess that he would leave his job to be able to cope with the care of children, as long as the situation of the home would allow it.

It is for this reason that nursery schools "have become the only alternative for Spanish parents who work and who see how the conciliation "It is significant that 74.6% of the participants in this research indicate that they enroll their children in these centers in the face of the difficulty of being able to reconcile, only 19% of their professional and personal lives". , 5% do it for the little ones to socialize with other minors.


And how much time do children spend in nursery schools? The same as a working day, that is, about 8 hours a day. The 64,4% of children spends between 5 and 8 hours in the nursery; and even more than 8 hours reaches 20.59%. A stay that lasts 11 months a year for 52.67% of children and 10 months for 29.8%.

What criteria do parents follow when choosing day care? For him 42,9% The most important thing when choosing a child center is the proximity of this to the home, followed by the convenience of a schedule, a decisive factor for 30.9%. 25.7% of parents also valued the quality of the food that the center offers, 29.1% the good reputation of the center; and 28.3% installations.

Measures for conciliation

Edenred, authors of this study, also provide a series of measurements with which to achieve work-life balance:


- Adapt work schedules. The modification and adaptation of schedules is the first action we must take to facilitate work and family reconciliation. The implementation of the intensive day solves this problem since it allows to distribute time more effectively.

- To advance the schedule of entrance and to reduce the time of food to 30 minutes is sufficient to be able to assure the aim of the day before the 18 hours, giving great facilities at the time of reconciling the familiar life.

- Relocation of work. Teleworking is the order of the day, being a modality increasingly implemented in our country. Giving freedom, not only schedules but location, is essential for work and family reconciliation. Therefore, we must give more importance to the results obtained by our employees than to the inflexible rules that manage them.

- Offer support for the care of children. A family-responsible company must offer another type of complementary solutions to those previously mentioned when facilitating the care of the family of its workers.

Damián Montero

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