Establishing 'Parent-child Studios' in Workplaces
An increasing number of women have given birth to a second child since China, on January 1, 2016, began allowing all couples to have two children, in a move that abandoned the country's decades-old, one-child policy. The two-child policy is a key strategy in China's population development, and it is intended to increase labor supply and help the country cope with the pressure of an aging society. Given the marked increase in the number of newborns in Shanghai, there is a need for parents to take care of their young kids while they are at work, especially when the children have a summer vacation.
With the support of the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions, nearly 70 of Shanghai's government organizations, enterprises and institutions have established "parent-child studios," and those studios have helped more than 2,000 employees take care of their children. More than 50 of the organizations have provided child-care services during the kids' summer vacations from school.
He Huijuan, a worker with the federation, in August told media the federation had recently formulated standards for establishing "parent-child studios," and measures to regulate the studios' services.