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Parents worry about finding childminders ahead of Tet

Update: February, 02/2016 - 15:24
Children in a class of a kindergarten in HCM City. Parents are worrying about finding childminders, who will be enjoying their Lunar New Year vacation. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Parents are worrying about finding childminders, who will be enjoying their Lunar New Year vacation from this Wednesday or Thursday, whereas the parents will continue to go to work.

After the education sector announced the Lunar New Year vacation, Minh Hanh, who lives in the Dich Vong residential quarter in Ha Noi's Cau Giay District, started searching for someone to look after her six-year-old daughter.

The child's vacation has started, while Hanh and her husband are still going to work. Hanh's parents live too far away for them to help look after the girl.

After considering different plans, Hanh decided to ask her neighbour, who also has a six-year-old daughter, for help.

"But she did not agree to feed my daughter. So I have to return home to give her lunch, although my office is more than a dozen kilometres away from my house," Hanh said.

Hoang Minh, a resident of Mai Dich Street in Cau Giay District, said he had asked a relative to look after his son for a week.

"I am lucky as I cannot take my son to my office, with the weather being too cold," he said.

Some parents are being forced to take time off work to stay at home and take care of their children.

Kim Lan said if she wanted someone to look after her baby for a week, she would have to pay about VND1 million (US$40). So she has taken leave from work.

Other parents in HCM City face the same problem.

Kieu Oanh, who lives in Binh Tan District, has not found anyone to take care of her children.

Last year, Oanh used to take her children to her office, but it was very inconvenient and she could not concentrate on her work.

Nguyen Minh Duc, who lives in Thu Duc District, said his mother has agreed to come and take care of his children for two or three days.

But he is worried whether he would find another person to help him with the children when his mother returns to her hometown. — VNS

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