Title:New forms of child day care in the Czech Republic
Project leader:Mgr. Jana Paloncyová, Ph.D.
Funding provider:ESF
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Co-worker (external):
Project start:2012
Project end:2014
Recipient:VÚPSV, v.v.i.

The project focused on the availability of high quality and differentiated child day care which is one of the key conditions of supporting women’s employment and equal opportunities of men and women, including the harmonisation of family and employment. The state of affairs in this field, especially the deficit of day care services for children up to the age of three, has been the target of long-term justified critique in the Czech Republic. Today’s situation calls for a broad offer of diverse forms of day care which reflect the different needs of children and their parents. The aim of the project was to use best practice examples to show ways to broaden the offer of non-family day care services in the Czech Republic on the one hand and to enhance the quality of the services provided on the other. The suggested innovations were also inspired by experiences from France, a country with a very advanced system of non-institutional non-family day care, which has proven to function well and is continuously being developed.
Generally it can be said that the main priority in the field of (both collective and individual) child day care services in the Czech Republic should be to guarantee quality and its control to an extent that at the same time allows keeping the costs of these services on affordable levels. This inevitably means that public financial support should be introduced for those services that fulfill the stated quality criteria. The next priority is the introduction of a register of child day care services accessible to the wide public, so that parents, but also e.g. local authorities can find their way among the services on offer more easily. The main benefit of the project is the creation of methodical materials presenting models and guidelines for the introduction or development of different types of day care services. Another important outcome is the final report which includes, among other things, the results of the sample survey which focused both on Czech pre-school children’s mothers’ experiences with day care services and on their opinions and preferences.

Co-workers: Mgr. Jana Barvíková, PhD., PhDr. Kamila Svobodová, PhD., PhDr. Anna Šťastná, PhD., Kristýna Peychlová, MA

Guidebooks for providers:
Barvíková, Jana - Paloncyová, Jana. Nanny care: Guidebook for nannies. Praha: VÚPSV, v.v.i., 2014. 
Kuchařová, Věra - Peychlová, Kristýna - Svobodová, Kamila. Collective child day care facilities and services in the Czech Republic: Guidebook for providers. Praha: VÚPSV, v.v.i., 2014.
Guidebooks for parents:
Barvíková, Jana - Paloncyová, Jana. Nanny care: Guidebook for parents. Praha: VÚPSV, v.v.i., 2014.
Kuchařová, Věra - Peychlová, Kristýna. Collective child day care facilities and services in the Czech Republic: Guidebook for parents. Praha: VÚPSV, v.v.i., 2014.

Child day Care Services – proposals for innovations
Individual care:
Barvíková, Jana - Paloncyová, Jana. Guidebook of individual child day care professionalization – maternal assistant. Praha: VÚPSV, v.v.i., 2014.
Collective care:
Kuchařová, Věra - Peychlová, Kristýna. Early child day care and education in collective facilities: Evaluation of the system and suggestions for changes. Praha: VÚPSV, v.v.i., 2014.