With the arrival of the "two-child era" preschool education becomes an even more difficult issue for most parents. For various reasons, babies below the age of 3 are mostly taken care of by their families. Despite strong demand, it is extremely difficult for families to find qualified early stage education and care services for these babies.
The lack of preschool education resources, particularly for children up to three years old, is straining parents who are already under huge pressure from daily life and work. This problem is not only affecting social productivity, but is also jeopardizing the future of the country's next generation. This is discouraging people from having a second child, since it is already extremely difficult to raise one. As a result, the two-child policy may not be able to achieve desired effects, further accelerating the aging of China’s society.
In the long term, the government must take action to develop a sound system for encouraging the supply of preschool education and childcare services. All parties, including the government, companies, organizations, communities and individuals, should be encouraged to participate in building a diverse childcare service network. Sufficient, standardized, diversified and premium preschool education should be included as one of the country's basic public services.
Children are the future of any nation. The government should also improve the supervision over preschool education services, ensuring the protection of children. For those families facing economic or other hardships, both the government and society should provide help and allow their children to enjoy equal access to education and childcare service.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article published in Guangming Daily on January 29)