Mobile Creches

Mobile Creches provides free education, nutrition, and healthcare for the young children of migrant construction workers at urban construction sites and slums around Delhi.
Print or PDF
Year launched: 
1969
Launch country: 

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Primary Approach: 
Implementer: 
Mobile Creches
Education level (ISCED): 

Location Data

City: 
Delhi
Geography type: 
Program Description: 

Mobile Creches has been running daycare facilities for children of migrant construction workers in Delhi since 1969. The organization cares for roughly 14,000 children from 0-12 years old at a number of construction sites and urban slums. There are currently 53 daycare centers in the Delhi area either run or supervised by Mobile Creches that provide education, nutrition, and healthcare for children from 9 AM to 5 PM, six days a week. Mobile Creches runs training programs for childcare workers at their facilities and at other organizations as well. In addition, the organization also runs community education and advocacy programs on early childhood development (ECD) and lobbies for policy change and legislation at the national and state levels.

Mobile Creches operate three daycare models:

1. Direct delivery: Mobile Creches is responsible for the day-to-day operation of an individual daycare center at a construction site, as well as training staff and monitoring the quality of services delivered.

2. Shared ownership: Mobile Creches identifies NGO service providers and construction companies to implement and finance day-to-day services, while providing technical support in the form of employee training, initial setup, and close monitoring of services to ensure quality.

3. Transfer ownership: Construction companies are fully responsible for the management and financing of the crèche. Mobile Creches provides initial staff training and some ongoing supervision.

 

The Mobile Creches integrated program covers a variety of services, including:

-Nutrition support: Monitoring children’s growth, providing three hot and nutritious meals each day and a special diet for malnourished children, and helping mothers to take breaks from work to breastfeed their children

-Health and hygiene practices: Providing immunizations and clean drinking water, deworming, encouraging hand washing, and disinfecting toys.

-Education: Children at these centers receive different early education services depending on their age. Children from 0 to 2 years are given individual attention and stimulation by caregivers with singing, dancing and colorful environments. Children from 3 to 5 years learn through play and are helped with sensory motor skill development as well as pre-literacy and numeracy concepts. Children over 6 years are helped with school readiness, literacy and numeracy through tutorial support.

-Community engagement and advocacy: Increasing community awareness around early childhood development through one-on-one meetings with mothers, larger community meetings, street plays, local folk media, and training to build local leadership.

 

Mobile Creches works with citizens, NGOs, academic institutions, women's organizations, and trade unions to advocate on behalf of India's children. Advocacy focuses on quality Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS); nutritional support for children under three; Pre-School Education (PSE) and hot, cooked meals for all children in the age group of 3-6 years; and Universalized Maternity Entitlements. Policy advocacy is targeted at the Planning Commission, Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), senior officials overseeing the ICDS and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR). Campaign partners include the India Alliance for Child Rights; Right to Food Campaign; National and Delhi chapters of the Forum for Creche and Childcare Services (FORCES). Advocacy is enacted through research, campaigns, rallies, press meetings, and public hearings.
 

Highlighting Innovation: 
Mobile Creches combines advocacy, community engagement, and childcare in India to offer holistic health, education, and nutrition services for children in India's construction sites and urban slums.
Key Challenges: 
In builder-run daycares, it is difficult to ensure appropriate adult-child ratios; worker motivation; and sufficient food, water and educational materials. Additional challenges: finding right fit tripartite partners.