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Jakarta Post

Jakarta looks to provide more early education centers, daycares to support child development

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 5, 2019   /  01:03 pm
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Children play in a playground at the Alternative School for Street Children (SAAJA) in Rasuna Said, South Jakarta. The school provides free early education for children from poor families and children whose parents are street buskers. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

For the last two weeks, Elly Subagyo, a woman living in West Jakarta, has been sending her 2-year old daughter to a public daycare center located inside the West Jakarta mayoral office, where her husband works. Even though Elly is a stay-at-home mom, she prefers to send her daughter to the free daycare because she wants her daughter to learn how to socialize with other children. “I think it’s better for her to go to daycare as she would only watch TV and play with mobile phones at home. Meanwhile, she can study and make friends in daycare,” she said on Wednesday. Elly expressed satisfaction with the daycare service saying that since she began attending, her daughter had learned how to share her toys and food with other children, which her mother said was important for her character development. Almost every day, Elly sends her daughter to the ...