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The good, the expensive and the free facilities for children: Urban parents' problems

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 20, 2019   /  11:05 am
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Located in Sekolah Kembang, Ganara Art Studio is one of many places that offer various classes for children aged 18 months and above, including early art sensory, fine motor fun, photography classes and a cooking club.(JP/Christhalia Wiloto)

Raising children in a city where concrete buildings grow faster than trees, parents need to be creative in finding places for their children to learn and play. Those who have the resources can select one of the many classes provided by private child education centers. But for many other parents, their options are limited to entertainment or facilities in public spaces. Although his daughter is still only 20 months old, Bimo Dwi Satrio has enrolled her in classes that aim to develop her sensory and motor skills. He said he did not mind the amount of money he spent on such classes, as he believes that education is an investment. “At first my wife and I just wanted to optimize her growth during the golden age [0-5 years old],” the Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, resident told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “After collecting some information, we realized that the...