Licensed babysitters are enough to meet demand

Staff Writer, with CNA

Tue, Jan 10, 2012 - Page 2

The number of licensed babysitters in Taiwan will be able to meet the demand of those requiring childcare services, which is expected to reach about 40,000 this year, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday.

The supply of babysitting and childcare services has come to the fore this year as a baby boom is expected for the Year of the Dragon — traditionally a favorite time for births, under a sign that symbolizes power and wealth.

Between 39,000 and 41,000 infants and toddlers will need childcare services this year, as the number of newborns this year is expected to be higher than last year, when more than 196,000 babies were born, the ministry said.

Registered babysitters in Taiwan — currently numbering 16,419 — take care of between 32,838 and 65,676 infants and toddlers and they will be able to handle the expected spike in births this year, the ministry said.