Too busy to put the kids to bed? India offers 24-hour daycare service

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/14/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Juggling parenting with a high-powered career and hectic social life is a challenge anywhere in the world. One daycare center in India has stepped in to help with at least one part of that equation: a 24-hour nursery for the children of the super busy.



Care Plus World in India's capital New Delhi bills itself as the place to go for "children of parents who are too busy to put them to bed," according to Britain's Times newspaper (which operates behind a paywall).



"At 'Care Plus World' we recognize, in this busy world, that not everyone has the luxury of being at home with their children, therefore we strive to give children a 'home from home' environment in their most important early years," the nursery says on its website.



Parents are "invited to leave their children with us for a considerable period of leave from one week to one year in case of any emergency such as hospitalization, business trips etc."



'We don't want it to be a chore'



Capitalizing on the demand a booming economy has on the blossoming professional class, Care Plus World offers surveillance cameras monitoring each room and text-message alerts for parents, alongside with dance and music classes.



Yogesh and Charu Gupta, who the Times described as the embodiment of a successful middle-class couple, said they happily leave their 13-month-old daughter, Yatie, at the nursery overnight.



"Both our parents live in Delhi but the truth is they'd rather not look after her and we'd rather not ask," Yogesh Gupta told the newspaper. "We don't want it to be a chore."



But this ultimate outsourcing service in the outsourcing capital of the world does cause unease among some of the clientele.



Priyanka Tyagi, a 31-year-old teacher, turns to the nursery when her husband has to entertain clients and she needs to go to work the next day, according the newspaper.



"Of course I don't always feel great about it but I know he'll be safe," she says of Anany, aged two, the Times reported.




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Wow. I knew it was coming but seriously am still amazed. I never thought it would be a service that would promote leaving your child with them from one week to a full year. That to me is absurd.



I do understand it being a great option for parents that may work nights and have no other resources. To me that is acceptable.



What is not acceptable, in my mind, is utilizing a Daycare for more than 10 hours within a 24 hour period. I am sorry if you have to work the next day and your husband is on business trips. Seriously, how selfish! How many single parents do just that EVERY day? A lot!



My husband works nights Monday - Friday. I work days. Sorry but my kids are my kids and it is my responsibility to take care of them and raise them. Yes I utilize a Daycare but it is for 8 hours in a 24 hour period. He is never the first at Daycare and he is never the last picked up - we make sure of this.



I just cannot imagine having a child and giving them over for someone else to raise. Being a parent is a struggle in oh, so many ways. It's the non-struggles that make it so worth while. I would never ever want to miss these moments. Having a camera and texts is just not anywhere near the same.



I am actually quite appalled, that parents would do this. Again, I am not talking using them during the night if you ARE working. Leaving them for days, weeks or a year, is just wrong.



Would you use a service such as this? Just because you were too busy? How do you view this type of service - a good thing or negative?

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Isobel - posted on 05/14/2012

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I think it's awesome for those akward times when you need child care during unfortunate hours (for when you have to work nights or have a business trip and nobody can be with your children)...unfortunately it will inevitably be used by people who would simply rather not take care of their kids.



But when you really think about it, it's no different from sending your kids to boarding school, and if the parents don't want to raise them, I'd rather see the kids out of their care anyway.

Johnny - posted on 05/14/2012

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Coming from a family that did this, I do know. I wasn't aware there were still many boarding schools that were taking under 5's though. I find that totally disgusting to be honest. My mother and her siblings were really raised by housekeepers and such. All of my uncles started boarding school at age 8. It didn't work out so well for them.

I guess it is no different than the oodles of kids around who are basically entirely raised by their nannies and maybe see their parents on weekends, if that. When my daughter was younger, my dad used to take her to playgroups in the area where they live and most of the adults there were nannies. Many of them woke the kids up in the morning, put them to bed at night, and they never saw their parents except for sometimes on the weekends. But I guess when you are paying for a $3 million dollar house....

I still don't get why people have kids in those situations. Nowadays you've got a choice. If my grandmother had access to the pill, I'm pretty sure she would have taken advantage of it.

Johnny - posted on 05/14/2012

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Leaving a kid for a year? I'm thinking that can't be legal, not even in India. But nothing surprises me anymore.

I think for parents who have odd hours, or work something like 3 days on 12 hour shifts and 4 days off, this sort of thing would be great. You would know that your child is getting well cared for and the right amount of sleep, and then you could focus on them in your off time. Or for single parents who need to travel on business and such. Yes, I can see the purpose for certain.

It's a bit sad though that there might be a market for people who need to leave their kids for a year????

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Well, I can see why some parents would need that sort of thing. We recently had to leave our daughter with my parents (God-awful idea and never doing it again but anyway) because we had a flea infestation and I didn't want my baby girl getting covered in bites. We also had to fumigate the house multiple times and unfortunately nothing we did during those two weeks seemed to work but we tried something else this past weekend and don't have to keep Julie out of the house, thank God, and it seems to be working (we'll find out next Saturday).

If I had known my parents were going to be such shits about 1) keeping my daughter clean and 2) giving her back to us, the fuckers, then yes, I would have wanted to use a 24hr daycare. I wouldn't just up and leave her, though, I would definitely come and get her during the afternoons because I'd want to be with my baby girl, but as far as sleeping I wouldn't want her in the house with all those fleas so she'd stay the night at the daycare. I wouldn't be happy about it (I wasn't when she was at my parents' either) but it'd be better than getting eaten up and possibly getting some kind of disease.

Leaving a kid there for a year, though? and without visiting or taking the baby with you once in a while?? That's crazy.

Amy - posted on 05/14/2012

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I think it's a great service for those who work the odd hours. I also think for single parents who may occassionally have to travel for business it's a great service to offer. I don't think it's normal to need to drop your child off for an entire year, a week maybe! I've had to go away on business and my husband works nights, my mother came to stay, thankfully I have that option not all people do! But I should also add that my kids have never been in daycare so although I think it's a great service I probably wouldn't use it, I would probably rely on our babysitters that we use on occassion before I relied on daycare.

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Stifler's - posted on 05/14/2012

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I don't think it's very common for boarding schools to take kids younger than year 5 around here. My grandma went to boarding school for high school but the local state school until then.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/14/2012

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Ah, tis is true Isobel.. ;)

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/14/2012

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I agree Johnny. This article is talking about infants and toddlers. They state that they want to be there for the child's most important years. This age is typically not going to boarding school. I also do not agree with boarding schools for young children. Well, actually, I don't agree with them in general.



I think it is a great thing for parents that work odd schedules or if they happen to have an emergency, like hospitalization. Other than that though, I fail to see why a parent should be leaving their little one for such extended periods of time.



Why have a baby, if you aren't going to be there to raise it daily (or for the most part)? I honestly feel bad for these children, that are being left for days on end, nevermind weeks, months and a year.



Imagine the cost. I don't think I want to know that part. We pay $800/month for daily Daycare. It is open from 7:30am-5:30pm (my son is there from 8:30am-4:00pm). Daycares here range from $750 - $1400/month. I would assume to leave your child over night for days or more, would be very pricey.

Isobel - posted on 05/14/2012

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"Boarding schools are classified into different grades as well as name classifications depending on the grade level. The age of kids that are usually enrolled by parents start from three years old and up. Parents believe the earlier the children are enrolled the easier they can learn when they enter formal kindergarten schools. There are even schools now that offer toddlers and play classification for kids in some schools in the US and other countries."

I'm not saying it's right, just saying that the parents who wait all the way till their kid is 3 or 4 to send them to boarding school probably also have a nanny to raise them until that time. There are plenty of ways to avoid raising your kid without calling too much attention to yourself so long as you can afford it.

Johnny - posted on 05/14/2012

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Not usually infants and toddlers.

Admittedly though, I do not approve of boarding schools for elementary students, except for in particular circumstances, such as those where there are not other options.

Isobel - posted on 05/14/2012

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People send their kids away all year all the time...it's called boarding school.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/14/2012

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Stifler's Mum - If my hours of work were outside of the current 7am-5pm hours, I would use this too. I don't think there is anything wrong with that whatsoever. Not everyone has hours during the day or during the week for that matter. I think a 24 hour Daycare is a great idea but needs to be used appropriately.

What I do question though, is leaving them overnight just because the father is gone on business and the mother has to work in the morning. Why not drop them off in the morning then? I think it is terrible to leave your child, just because you can't be bothered. A Daycare service should be used because you have to work and provide for your child, daily.

It's just wrong to leave your child because you have a social life and can't be bothered to raise them yourself.

There seriously should be a daily time limit for how long your child can be left. Whether it be during the day or during the night. A child should not just be left there for days on end. To me it is absurd.

Stifler's - posted on 05/14/2012

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I would. Since the work i did before becoming a mum was work where I got off at 7 and my husband works hours longer than either side of daycare hours aswell. If I went back to work it'd be awesome to be able to leave them at a daycare from until I got off work instead of have to change to a desk job answering phones from 9 to 5. I think it's about fucking time. Leaving them for a year sounds ridiculous and excessive if you have that kind of job where you have to go away all the time then you need to rethink your priorities.

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