Kolkata School has gift for mothers in the festive season

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Saifee Jubilee's new creche

December 15th, 2017, The Telegraph, India

Park Lane, Kolkata: Saifee Golden Jubilee English Public School has just the right gift for its employees in this season of giving - a creche for their children during work hours.

Nazneen Bano, an assistant teacher at Saifee Golden Jubilee English Public School, is glad she will be able to see her three-and-a-half-year-old more often and relieved that she will be in safe custody.

The creche, which opens on Saturday, will be for children aged 0-5 and can accommodate up to 10 babies. It will be open during the school hours, from 8am to 3pm.

An attendant and a Montessori-trained governess will take care of the babies under the supervision of a retired nurse. The room will be equipped with CCTV cameras, which will be linked to the mobile phones of teachers who use the facility so that they can keep a watch on their babies.

Vice-principal Syeda Sukaina Ali is among the six-odd mothers who plan to use the facility at present.

"The management values its employees and appreciates their needs. We realise that if we can offer a creche to working parents, they will be able to give their 100 per cent to their work and ultimately the school will benefit from quality service," said the vice-principal, who will keep her 18-month-old son at the creche.

"When I became a mother, the idea of quitting did cross my mind but my mother sacrificed her career instead to look after her grandchild," she said.

Nazneen was not so fortunate. "Being in a nuclear family, I often have to rely on help whom I can't trust completely but I am helpless," she said. "Once the creche opens, I can meet my daughter in between classes."

Her colleague Moonisah Abedin considers the creche "a blessing" for her and her one-and-a-half-year-old.

Asked if she was worried that the creche would be a distraction for the teachers, the vice-principal said: "My teachers are responsible and trustworthy. Also with the child close at hand, absenteeism is likely to go down."

"This is an achievement for me. And it is the reflection of the inclusive welfare policy of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the leader of the Bohra community," she said.

Mohammed Motiwala, the secretary of the school, was among those who backed the idea. "The idea was floated by my son a few months ago. We understood the gravity of the situation and the facility is ready now."