We have produced a new video looking at how Nantes is adapting childcare to family needs and lifting barriers to employment.
Our three-minute video features intereviews with users of Nantes’ childcare services, service providers and local politicians.
The early childcare service is an innovative project designed to adapt and improve childcare services for children aged from 10 weeks to three years. The aim is to improve access to the labour market for women and single parents in the north of the city. The district, Nantes Nord, has the largest concentration of social housing in the city: 40% of the population is made up of single parent families, of which 71% are on low incomes.
The city manages 25 multipurpose childcare centres, each varying in capacity and facilities. They include long term, short term, flexible and emergency childcare. In 2011, Nantes set up a single service point to manage family requests for early childcare and identify the most suitable services.
As part of the scheme, 60 people – all women and mostly single parents – have been able to return to employment or undertake training. This has helped boost the local labour market and has had a positive impact on their quality of life.