Affordable childcare is fundamental in urban slums such as Kibera because most parents need to work to access and provide basic needs for their families. Parents in urban slums who need daycare the most cannot afford it. Lack of affordable daycare has held mothers back in the recent years and forced them to stay at home. Single mothers have opted for any available childcare they can afford regardless of the services provided.
Carol, from our pilot cohort, studied Early Childhood Education and saw the need to start an affordable, high-quality daycare. Wee Care was started to provide high-quality daycare to enable parents in Kibera keep their jobs or search for jobs while their children received a strong start towards their education.
Wee Care, receives a minimum of 25 children in a day and has 3 employees. Parents, drop off their children as early as 7 and pick them up as late as 7. Wee Care daycare package includes Early Childhood Education, healthy balanced meals and a comfortable warm nap in between. Wee Care takes in all children regardless of their age. The charge is Ksh 50 half a day and Ksh 100 ($1) for a full day, subsidized for the community members to be able to afford it. There is a monthly charge of Ksh 1500 ($15) highly preferred by most parents.
The children at WeeCare not only get to play but also learn new things each day including promoting their language skills alongside encouraging their curiosity through focusing on the children's individual interests and ideas. Carol of WeeCare looks to promote the social and emotional development of the children using teachable moments of their daily interaction amongst each other, their educators and parents as well!
Wee Care’s long-term goal is to start a preschool and kindergarten. Carol hopes this will be possible by the time 2019 kicks off since most parents prefer their children to start off their education at wee care.