Matthew Cheung attended HKYWCA’s Child Care Training Programme for Grandparents
The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched a Pilot Project on Child Care Training for Grandparents in March. HKYWCA is one of the nine appointed training bodies and is the first to provide the above courses. Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, visited the Association’s Ming Yue District Elderly Community Centre and encouraged the trainees to live a fruitful golden age. The Association’s programme enables the grandparents to blend the up-to-date child care techniques in their own experience by covering infant nutrition, common diseases and respective preventions, safety of the household surroundings, soft skills required in daily life, etc. A special seminar designed for families was held to strengthen family ties and relationship between generations. A number of families attended to find out the traits of a good child carer. They also reviewed the valuable values within their own families, by referring to Family Wellness Vitamins. The SWD’s Pilot Project aims at strengthening family ties and relationship between generations, enhancing child care as well as reinforcing support for nuclear families by enabling grandparents to become well-trained child carers in the home setting. HKYWCA is the first organisation running courses in respond to the Pilot Project. The first class started in Ming Yue District Elderly Community Centre in April targeted carers of children aged one to six. It received tremendous responses. Similar class will be launched in Cheung Sha Wan. Another class targeting carers of infant will be launched in Wong Tai Sin in the future.