Taking care of a sick child at home prevents parents from working and carrying out daily activities. This is a time-consuming issue that should be dealt within our society since parents sacrifice their work hours to look after their sick children.
We introduce the major implications of this sick child problem and our solutions to dealing with this issue.
The current situation of sick child care is the lack of a child care service to handle this issue
"My child is sick! The day care centre will not take care of her! … I have to take the day off again…"
When asked the question, "Which type of child care support do you expect to have?", eighty-six percent of working parents answered that they preferred to "leave their children in child care centres when they are sick". The actual number of sick child day care centres is about 500 of a total of 30,000 day care centres; this makes up 2% of all day care centres available.
"Which child care support system do you expect?" Source: Nomura Souken(Jan 2006) N=1000
Why do few people provide sick child care?
There are very few people willing to start sick child care centres, despite the fact that our society has a lot of support for child health care. Why? The investment for such a system is very large, since it includes purchasing equipment, constructing facilities, and paying off maintenance costs. These costs vary seasonally, so investors may not be interested in putting out money for such a project. As a result, this type of business is subsidized mostly by the government. However, there is currently a huge deficit with these businesses which may lead to a breakdown of the system in the near future. We will begin by introducing a service that does not rely on government subsidies.
We resolve this problem
Our service is "community-based", so to speak. We support working mothers and their children with the cooperation of local paediatricians and working mothers. The "Sick Child Care Problem" will be a long-forgotten term, only to be remembered as a social problem that was resolved efficiently and quickly.
The cost of implementing this system is going to be reduced dramatically, when compared to one that is subsidized by the government. Hiring local, experienced mothers, instead of running facilities and having back-up financial plans, allows us to cover safety measures and cooperate with local paediatricians.
Monthly membership plan
We will adopt a monthly membership plan, in contrast to ‘pay-as-you-go’ plans offered by babysitting companies. This mutual aid system covers the seasonal variations mentioned before and makes us able to provide this service to parents who have dealt with the "sick child care problem".