Huzhou works to improve childcare
Children do activities at a "Children's Home", a welfare institution for children in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/hz66.com]
Enhancing childcare has long been a top priority in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province.
The city has built 220 "Children's Homes" and allocated 130 million yuan ($20 million) to ensure basic living allowances for orphans, which has benefited more than 10,000 children, official data show.
In August 2020, Huzhou launched the "Children's Home" campaign in an effort to offer more care for disadvantaged children in the city, including those who are left behind in rural areas as their parents move to cities for work.
Children's Homes, which are usually located in villages or residential communities, are welfare facilities that offer recreational activities, respite care, psychosocial support, and more services for children.
According to a plan rolled out by the local government, Huzhou aims to finish construction on 300 such facilities by the end of this year.
A standard management system for the homes is also in the pipeline. They will be open to children of different ages at different times for free and will offer services for at least 15 hours per week.