Centre recognizes that child care is not just the responsibility of women
and families but also of institutions in the public sphere like the
University where workers/students, especially women who are also parents are
constrained by the simultaneous responsibilities of childcare and work.
Hence the University has provided for the Day Care Centre on the campus with
nominal fees so that all the staff can access its services.
The University of Pune has
declared a Charter for Women as a step towards empowering women and
protecting their rights. In its guiding principles, the Charter underlines
the need for an environment that should be conducive to the special needs of
women in order to enable them to avail equal opportunities. This involves
the provision of proper infrastructural facilities for women including a Day
Care Centre for the children of all employees and students on campus.
Thus, the Krantijyoti
Savitribai Phule Day Care Centre (DCC) was established in September 2002 on
campus and is monitored by Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies
Centre. The DCC bears the legacy of the work done by Savitribai Phule and
the ideal of social motherhood as envisioned by Savitribai Phule guides its
working. Savitribai Phule cared for children rejected by society and
adopted an orphan. Importantly she reached out to girls, especially those
from the downtrodden sections, who were denied access to education and made
them self-reliant. This guiding legacy ensures the day care centre works to
take care of children, to shape their development and also to enable working
parents to pursue work/education without anxiety about their children.
The DCC is open for children
between the ages of 3 months to 10 years of teaching and non-teaching staff
and students of the University. Timings are set keeping in mind the special
needs of employee parents and hence the DCC is open from 9 am to 6 pm. The
DCC provides variety of facilities keeping in mind the different needs of
specific age groups. Food is provided considering nutritional needs of
different age-groups. To ensure age appropriate stimulation, the activities
for children are divided across two groups – pre-primary (2 ˝ to 4 years)
and primary (4 to 10 years).
There are two large rooms for
playing and studying, one dining room, one room for activity, a well
equipped kitchen and an office which ensures adequate space for children and
their activities. At present, the DCC houses 30 children and is staffed with
4 ayahs, 1cleaner and 1 supervisor.
The DCC ensures child
friendly environment with large colourful displays and activity centres with
play materials. It has infrastructural facilities like toys, mattresses,
cradles for young children, colourful crockery, cycles and child friendly
furniture that ensure children are comfortable within the DCC. Outdoor
infrastructure including swings, slides, see-saw and jumping pad have been
installed for the children. To foster a learning environment, educational
CDs of rhymes, alphabets, stories and songs are screened for the children.