What Are the Central Guidelines for Crèche at Workplaces?

The growing number of dual-income households and evolving family structures in India spotlight the critical role of workplace crèche. These facilities provide secure and nurturing environments for young children while their parents work, fostering work-life balance and contributing to family-friendly work culture.

Insights from Saloni Verma, Co-founder of Sunshine Corporate Creche:

Saloni Verma emphasises the crucial role of transparent policies and sustainable funding in the Union Budget 2024. She stated, "While intentions in both clauses are good, it would help if the Government came up with some financial incentives for companies of smaller size to help them pay salaries of those on maternity leave and then set up crèche for them. Thus, the risk of married young women not getting hired would go away as it can adversely affect the already skewed female ratio in most companies because initial trends already show that smaller companies are wary of hiring those who are likely to get married soon or those who have been recently married because they cannot simply afford the 6 months of paid leave and then bear the cost of creche services."

Central Guidelines: Ensuring Quality and Compliance

To guarantee the well-being of children and adherence to regulatory standards, the government has issued detailed central guidelines for creche at workplace. These guidelines include accessibility to infrastructure, health and nutrition practices, and age-appropriate activities.

Key Highlights of the Guidelines:

  • Accessibility: Open to children aged six months to 6 years of all employees, including temporary, daily wage, consultant, and contractual personnel.
  • Location: Ideally, near/at the workplace or within 500 metres of the neighbourhood. This balances convenience for breastfeeding mothers and easy contact with parents with transportation considerations.
  • Timings: Aligned with working hours, typically 8-10 hours, with flexible options for parents on different shifts.
  • Infrastructure: Safe and spacious environment adhering to construction norms, featuring dedicated play areas, a kitchen, child-friendly toilets, and proper ventilation and lighting.
  • Standards: Nurturing an inclusive atmosphere with essential learning and play materials, age-appropriate equipment and separate areas for different age groups, and strict safety measures, including CCTV and child protection policies.
  • Health and Nutrition: Regular medical checkups, first-aid provisions, age-appropriate immunizations, and nutritious meals (prepared onsite or brought by parents). Hygiene is emphasised through regular cleaning, sanitization, and preventive measures.
  • Activities and Curriculum: Age-appropriate activities and curriculum focused on holistic child development, encouraging participation, creativity, and a balanced schedule of child-led and teacher-directed activities. Non-punitive and age-appropriate disciplinary techniques are advocated.
  • Hygiene and Sanitation: Rigorous maintenance of environmental cleanliness, pest control, and personal hygiene practices. Handwashing, diaper changing protocols, and equipment sterilisation are highlighted to minimise germ spread and ensure a safe environment.

The Importance of Central Guidelines for Crèche:

These standardised guidelines ensure consistent quality, compliance, and child well-being across workplace crèche. They:

  • Promote child development and well-being by providing a safe and stimulating environment.
  • Enhance employee satisfaction by reducing childcare concerns and stress.
  • Contribute to a family-friendly work environment by attracting and retaining talent.
  • Reflect positively on a company's CSR efforts by demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility.

Moving Forward:

  • These central guidelines set a clear path for quality workplace crèche across India. Their implementation holds the potential to significantly benefit children, parents, and employers alike, creating a more supportive and equitable work environment for all.
  • By partnering with organisations like Sunshine, which offers expertise in setting up and managing compliant crèche, businesses can ensure they're adhering to the guidelines and creating truly nurturing spaces for the future generation.

Sunshine: Your Ally in Crafting Family-Friendly Work Environments

Sunshine Preschool & Corporate Crèche offers comprehensive solutions to help employers set up workplace crèche effortlessly and ensure compliance with all central guidelines. With our experienced team's expertise in facility design, staffing, curriculum development, and regulatory compliance, we support you in creating a family-friendly environment that empowers your employees and enhances workplace productivity. Contact us today to learn more!


Amit Prasad

Amit Prasad is a Vice-Chairman & MD of Sunshine Preschool & Corporate Crèche . He conceptualized the preschool & corporate crèche model way back in 2005. He splits his time between his ventures, at Sunshine his focus is on strategy. Amit loves to travel to new places, play golf and read biographies.

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