Denmark Offers Free Childcare To Encourage Parents To Have More Babies
WASHINGTON (CBS WASHINGTON) — Thursday evenings may have become Denmark’s new date night for parents.
A group of nursery workers in central Denmark are offering two free hours of childcare so that parents can go to bed and make more babies.
According to BBC News, Dorte Nyman of the Grasshoppers kindergarten in North Fyn said a lack of young children meant the future of local nurseries was uncertain. The nursery workers want to draw attention to the dwindling number of births and to do something about it.
Nyman expects nearly half of the nursery’s families to accept the offer.
“We have 42 children in the kindergarten, and we’ll be looking after 20 tonight,” she told the BBC. Ms Nyman said she would be laying on food and playing music and holding a party for the children.
If any of them ask what the party is for, “we’ll tell them it’s to give the parents a chance to speak at home”, she says.
In terms of birth rate, Denmark languishes at 185th out of 221 countries in the world, says the BBC’s Malcolm Brabant in Copenhagen. If the increasingly older population continues to expand, Denmark will not be able to support pensioners and others dependent on state benefits, he says.
Ms Nyman said as well as the low birth rate, nurseries were also facing a cut in their funding from local government.
“Without money we can’t look after the children well, and if there aren’t enough children, there are not enough jobs for our workers.
Six other kindergartens in the area are also offering the same service, for one night only – though Ms. Nyman said if their plan was successful, they would be happy to do it all over again.