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Babysitting a job option for older women: foundation

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Peng Wan-ru Foundation, a group that helps women enter the labor force, is encouraging unemployed women who are middle aged or older to look for jobs as babysitters for newborns and as caregivers for new mothers.

Demand for home caregivers remains high despite the current economic downturn, foundation director Liu Yu-hsiu (劉毓秀) said on Sunday at a party for 300 babysitters and caregivers.

The foundation has been providing training courses on babysitting and postpartum health care for five years, but it hasn’t had many applicants, Liu said.

She said some mothers were willing to pay NT$42,000 a month for a babysitter who can look after their newborns and help the moms themselves during the postpartum recovery period, much less than the NT$150,000 per month charged by some nursing centers for the same services.

She urged women who want to work in this area to take the foundation’s six-week training program.

More people have been contacting the foundation to explore job opportunities, chief executive Wang Hui-chu (王慧珠) said, adding that the foundation decided to enroll women in their 40s and 50s so that they can re-enter the workplace and earn a stable living.

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