08 May, 2021

The Wee Willie Winkies

Weary working mom and a dusty baby? Look to all-night creches

Amit Haralkar
The Wee Willie Winkies

Rina* and Sania* have just celebrated their first birthday at home. There’s nothing unusual in that—if you leave out the fact that home for the twins has been Care Plus World, a 24-hour creche in Delhi, since they were 45 days old. Their mother, caught in a family crisis, comes up from Mumbai once a month. Rishabh*, four, is their creche “brother”. Admitted aged two, he sees his single parent mother on weekends. She has no one to take care of him while she works. For both mothers, the day and night care facility, which admits babies as young as a month for Rs 5,500 a month, is a real-life alternative to Mary Poppins.

Manoj Babu, Care Plus World’s proprietor, still remembers the traumatising time he faced when his wife fell ill shortly after giving birth to their baby girl. “I was taking care of the baby and visiting my wife at the hospital. Both our families declined to help us because we had had a love marriage,” Manoj recounts. That is why he started the iso 9001-certified creche, with an...

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