Ollur (Thrissur): Migrant labourers in Thrissur need not carry their babies while going for work from now on. A free service programme has been launched to take care of the children of migrant labourers when they are at work. The crèche started by the State Department of Women and Children Development at Kanakassery in Marathakkara is the first of its kind in the district.
The crèche aims at offering protection and nutrition to the babies of migrant workers. At present there are ten children, who are natives of Jharkhand, Bengal and Chhattisgarh, at the crèche. Transportation facility is available to pick the children from their houses in the morning. The crèche is functioning under Ollukkara block panchayat ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services).
Children aged between six months and three years are protected in the crèche from morning to evening. They are provided food five times a day. Cradles are available for babies. Four nannies work in two shifts to take care of the kids. They bathe the kids and feed them.
The children of rag pickers and those who work in bricks and tiles factories are protected at the crèche. Since the parents are not aware of the facility, the authorities visited them in person and convinced about the benefits.
Presently, the crèche functions at a side of the Anganwadi building in Puthur panchayat. Ollukkara block ICDS supervisor K. Sindhurajan said that the facilities will be improved as the number of children increases. The authorities said that the children of migrant labourers in the nearby panchayats and within the corporation limit will be admitted to the crèche.