New childcare scheme to be expanded in 2017
Fiach Kelly. The Irish Times. 14 Oct 2016.
[Ireland] Moves to widen the newly announced childcare scheme to cover more childminders are likely to be in place in advance of next year’s budget. Among those likely to be brought into the scheme are those who look after a small number of children in the childminder’s own home. The plan for subsidised childcare announced by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, will mostly apply to centre-based childcare providers, such as creches and childminders who are registered with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.
Officials from the Department of Children said that only 125 childminders who used their own homes or other facilities to mind a small number of children are registered with Tusla. It is expected that this will increase in the coming months. Those registered with Tusla have to meet the same standard as larger creche facilities. However, the Department has been engaging with Childminding Ireland on drafting standards that would apply to childminders.
One in 10 elderly people have suicidal thoughts: poll
The Korea Herald. 18 Oct 2016.
[S. Korea] 1 out of 10 senior citizens have had thoughts about attempting suicide in the past year, a survey showed. According to the survey conducted by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KHASA) on 853 people aged over 65, 10.3% said they have felt an impulse to take their own lives. The survey showed 10.1% of people aged between 65 and 74 have such an impulse, while 11.4% of people aged over 75 also said so. As for the reason, health issues were the most anxiety-causing factor with 6.46, followed by financial reasons with 6.38 and other psychological issues with 5.9. Elderly people in the low-income bracket consider suicide much more than people at higher income levels, the survey showed. "Anxiety and psychological health of the elderly are directly related to various social ills," said Chae Soo-mi, a researcher. "It is time to roll out various measures to take care of the mental health of the elderly people."
Unpaid leave planned for infertility treatments
Lee Han-soo. The Korea Herald. 18 Oct 2016.
[S. Korea] Couples trying to have a baby through infertility procedures may become entitled to up to three days of unpaid leave from work from as early as mid-2017, according to a government plan that has been unveiled. The plan, approved by the Cabinet, entails a set of new measures to boost the country’s low birth rate, which stands at just 1.24 births per woman. While encouraging couples to have more babies, the government has been rolling out various measures to support infertile couples and prevent miscarriages. Along with the envisioned infertility-treatment leave, the government plans to expand the scope of childcare leave to include pregnant women. Currently, the leave is allowed only after giving birth, not during pregnancy. The government aims to amend a related law and implement the measures in the second half of next year.
Number of Seoul schoolchildren falling
The Korea Herald. 18 Oct 2016.
Paternity leave takers jump 53%
The Korea Herald. 18 Oct 2016.
[S. Korea] The number of fathers taking time off work to take care of their children has increased by more than 50% in South Korea, which Seoul officials say is a hopeful sign that the country’s rigid work culture is becoming more family friendly. According to data by the Labor Ministry, 5,398 male workers took child care leave in the first nine months of this year, up 53.2% from the corresponding period in 2015. In the January-September period, the entire number of child care leave takers grew by 3.8%, the ministry’s data showed. To further promote working dads to use the leave, the government plans to raise the ceiling on the pay to 2 million won for those choosing to take the leave for their second or subsequent child, from as early as the second half of next year.
Juvenile crime becoming more violent
Lee Han-soo. The Korea Times. 18 Oct 2016.
[S. Korea] Juvenile crime is getting more violent and crude, shocking the public and even police. From 2011 to 2015, 16,565 major crimes were committed by those aged 10 to 18. The crimes include 109 murders, 3,584 burglaries, 11,783 sexual assaults and 1,134 arson cases. Experts say most of the crimes occur impulsively and are especially more threatening because the teenagers feel little remorse. They say more measures are needed to stop teenage offenders because most violent crimes often start from a crime committed out of curiosity. "Youths who commit crime are often outside the protection provided by their schools or homes," said a police official in charge of juvenile crime. He added that, "it is urgent that we establish a social system that can provide counsel and therapy to the young people."
Gender wage gap adding to income inequality, Oxfam says in new report
CBC News. 18 Oct 2016.
[Canada] Canadian women are being short-changed on job opportunities and pay and it's making income inequality worse, Oxfam Canada said in a new report. The anti-poverty agency said that despite enjoying higher levels of education than ever before and an increased access to the workforce, women continue to face barriers to good employment and fair wages, and as a result are more likely to be poor — both in Canada and abroad. "Addressing the unequal economics of women's work is essential to closing the gap in earnings and opportunities between women and men, and between rich and poor," the report said.
Pupils, aged six, to learn about 'male privilege'
Jonathan Pearlman. nzherald.co.nz. 15 Oct 2016.
[Australia] Pupils in the Australian state of Victoria will be taught about "male privilege" and shown images of men cleaning dishes and women playing football in a drive to break gender stereotypes and reduce domestic violence. The curriculum is to be introduced next year in Melbourne and the rest of the state. Pupils aged 6 to 8 will chant statements such as "girls can be doctors and can be strong" and "boys can cry when they are hurt, can be gentle, can be nurses and can mind babies". Students in the early secondary years will be taught about male privilege, or "automatic, unearned benefits bestowed upon dominant groups" based on gender, sexuality, race and class.
Colleges Aren't Very Kid-Friendly
Amanda Freeman. The Atlantic. 13 Oct 2016.
[U.S.A.] When student parents have access to childcare on campus, there is evidence that they are more likely to stay in school and to graduate. This is particularly important for colleges to take into account considering roughly a quarter of all undergraduates—including 30% of those in community college—have children. Yet undergraduates rarely have access to childcare. A recent IWPR report, “Child Care for Parents in College: A State-by-State Assessment,” shows that availability of campus childcare actually declined over the last decade at community and public four-year colleges in 36 states. The IWPR also found that 95% of childcare centers at two- and four-year colleges maintained an average waiting list of 82 children.
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