13 Sep 2019

National Creche Scheme(NCS)

Source: Ministry of Women & Child Development

National Crèche Scheme is being implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme through the States/UTs from the year 2017 to provide daycare facilities to children (age group of 6 months- 6 years) of working mothers. 

What is crèche?

A crèche is a facility which enables parents to leave their children while they are at work and where children are provided a stimulating environment for their holistic development. Crèches are designed to provide group care to children, usually up to 6 years of age, who need care, guidance, and supervision away from their home during the day.

Objective of NCS

  • To provide day-care facilities for children (6 months to 6 years) of working mothers in the community. 
  • To improve the nutrition and health status of children. 
  • To promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development (Holistic Development) of children. 
  • To educate and empower parents /caregivers for better childcare.

Target group

The scheme focuses on children of 6 months to 6 years, of working women in rural and urban areas who are employed for a minimum period of 15 days in a month, or six months in a year. 

Services provided under the scheme

The scheme will provide an integrated package of the following services: 

  1. Daycare Facilities including Sleeping Facilities. 
  2. Early Stimulation for children below 3 years and Pre-school Education for 3 to 6 years old children. 
  3. Supplementary Nutrition(to be locally sourced) 
  4. Growth Monitoring. 
  5. Health Check-up and Immunization.