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Chiba city says no more children on daycare waiting list

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Chiba city says that no more children are on the waiting list for daycare centers.

According to city officials, due to the steady increase of dual-income households, families requesting nursery and daycare services continued to increase in number. By 2010, demand far outweighed availability and thus, the number of children who were unable to be placed in daycare centers rose to 350, a record high for the city of Chiba.

However, the city provided increased funding for the establishment of more privately funded nurseries, and assisted with placing children in nurseries as spots became available. As a result, as of April 1, the city was able to announce that it had successfully established daycare and nursery programs for everyone, TBS reported Friday.

An official said the city will continue to increase the number of daycare facilities as part of its "No more children on the waiting list" program.

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Good stuff.

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A lot of people have been waiting for this.

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Great accomplishment

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Now if they could just do this in Kakegawa.

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Is it great that the waitlist is supposedly gone? Yes. But I do question the quality of all these private daycares that have sprung up. Not trying to rain on a parade here but I've read reports on this and it isn't nearly are rosey as the media and the government wants to paint it.

Plus, why isn't the government encouraging companies to build these daycares, not private companies who see a business chance? Would be better for the kids, the parents and what worker wouldn't like the option of having Jr. at a close company run daycare with great standards.

Glad to see the waitlist is supposedly gone but I can't help but wonder if the kids are in quaity daycares with trained staff. That being said, better than massive waitlists - like in my area and much of urban Japan.

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daycare at work might work outside of big cities, can you imagine parents trying to commute with kids/babies during rush hours, that would be insane on many levels

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Great news since the lack of quality, affordable day care can prove a serious barrier for many women who otherwise want to work.

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can you imagine parents trying to commute with kids/babies during rush hours, that would be insane on many levels

I see it on a daily basis. I don't think having kids on packed trains is ideal nor safe but I think that is another issue Japan needs to deal with as well.

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An official said the city will continue to increase the number of daycare facilities as part of its “No more children on the waiting list” program. 

Yes, the city government wants to come off as heroes but people know the low birth rate also plays a part.

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Low bitth rate indeed...

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tmarie you are bang on.

They have not eliminated the waiting list, they have just spread them around. The children are currently still waiting to enter public hoikuen, but now waiting in a private nursery, instead of at home.

The quality of these private nurseries is often very poor indeed - they do not meet government standards and are not licensed.

Jonathan Prin - the birth rate is so low that many government facilities, such as schools, are being closed or merged together. To say "The waiting list for nurseries is large and therefore the birthrate must be high" is pretty ignorant. Just more people have to work nowadays and dont have the same family support as they used to.

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tmarie-

Is it great that the waitlist is supposedly gone? Yes. But I do question the quality of all these private daycares that have sprung up. Not trying to rain on a parade here but I've read reports on this and it isn't nearly are rosey as the media and the government wants to paint it.

agree with you 100%.

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