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Sufficient babysitters to handle expected baby boom: MOI

Sufficient babysitters to handle expected baby boom: MOI

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) The number of licensed babysitters in Taiwan will be able to meet the demand from those requiring childcare services, who are expected to reach around 40,000 this year, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Monday. The supply of babysitting and childcare services have come to the fore this year as a baby boom is expected for the Year of the Dragon -- traditionally a time when people want their children to be born because the icon of China's emperors symbolizes power and wealth. Between 39,000 and 41,000 infants and toddlers will need childcare services this year, as the number of newborns this year is expected to surpass that of last year, when more than 196,000 were born, the ministry said. Registered babysitters in Taiwan -- currently numbering 16,419 -- can take care of between 32,838 and 65,676 infants and toddlers and will be able to handle the expected spike in births this year, the ministry said. The government will continue to work to ensure that more professional babysitters are available by requiring all babysitters to register to practice, said Minister of the Interior Jiang Yi-huah. Jiang also added that more families are entitled to child-rearing subsidies this year, thanks to the launch of several new childcare measures. Among them, families in the income tax rate bracket below 20 percent can apply for a monthly NT$3,000 (US$99) babysitting subsidy, with NT$5,000 per month available for disadvantaged families. The subsidies were previously offered only to families with an annual income of under NT$1.5 million. (By Angela Tsai and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-07-24 20:30 GMT+08:00