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Helping nurses back to work by providing childcare


Child playing with toys in the company kindergarten of the General Teaching Hospital, Prague.
© Vseobecna fakultni nemocnice v Praze

The chronic shortage of state-funded nurseries in some regions of the Czech Republic can make combining work and family almost impossible for some. However, nurses at the General University Hospital in Prague can count on easy access to pre-school childcare thanks to an ESF-backed project.

A baby boom several years ago has meant increasing numbers of families have to turn to private nurseries for childcare due to a lack of places in state-run nurseries. Private nurseries are too expensive though for some and young mothers sometimes have no choice but to stay at home until their children are five or six years old. This can have a negative impact on their career prospects, living standards and self-esteem.

The General University Hospital in Prague decided to help their employees by using ESF support to help start their own nursery that accommodates 24 children aged between 3 and 6 years of age.

Priority for places is given to the children of nurses working at the hospital as they are already among the most disadvantaged health professionals. Skilled nurses often leave the profession for better paid work and hospitals struggle to find qualified replacements. This solution benefits therefore both the nurses and the hospital. Doctors and other hospital staff can use any spare capacity for their children.

Since September 2012 the nursery has looked after 61 preschoolers and as a result 56 parents were able to get back into work.  


Project name: Kindergarten for children of staff in the General University Hospital in Prague
Area of activity: Caring For Careers
Project duration: May 2012 – November 2014
ESF contribution: 4 168 228. 70 CZK
Total budget: 7 264 886. 64 CZK
Participants: 56
Country: Czech Republic
Organisation: Všeobecná fakultní nemocnice v Praze
Contact details: Ing. Pavla Hrubá
+420 224 963 242

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