National Guidelines for Setting up and Running Crèches under the Maternity Benefit Act 2017

Nov 29, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Ministry of Women and Child Development vide notification dated November 2, 2018 has issued guidelines for setting up and running crèches under the Maternity Benefit Act, 2017

Salient Features of this guideline are following-

Ø   Crèche for whom: The use of crèche facility is proposed to be extended to children of age group of 6 months to 6 years of all employees including temporary, daily wage, consultant and contractual personnel

Ø  Crèche Location-The center should be near/at the work place site or in the beneficiaries’ neighborhood, within 500 meters.

Ø  Crèche Timings:The timings of the crèche can be flexible based on the working hours and timings of the parents. Therefore the crèche preferably should open for 8 hours to 10 hours. In this case, the workers can follow a shift system. The crèche timings should be such that it suits a parent’s need. In case the establishment has day and night shifts, then the crèche should also be run in shifts. The activities can be organized keeping in mind these shifts/ timings. It should always respond to the needs of the parents and keep the best interest of the children as well

Ø  Infrastructure/ Space:


Preferably at the ground floor to ensure safety of children


The center should have concrete (pukka) structure as per CPWD norms.


A crèche center must have a minimum space of 10 to 12 sq. ft. per child to ensure that children can play, rest, and learn. Note: An ideal center should have covered as well as open space area. Some of which should be shaded along with a kitchen and a child friendly toilet facility.


 The room should have proper light and should be well ventilated.


 There should be no unsafe places like open drains, deep and large pits, garbage bins etc. near the center.


The center must have a safe and potable drinking water source with a water purifier installed.


 Ramps and hand rails for better accessibility


There should be demarcated separate areas for different age groups-under 3s and 3-6 olds each for sleeping, cleaning, eating, conducting activities and breastfeeding.

(Refer detailed guidelines on link given below)






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