PGIMER Campus, Sector-12, Chandigarh.
As a part of its welfare function, PGI authorities aim to provide quality care to the children of its employees. Today the need for fulltime day care services is felt more than ever with increasing number of working parents and nuclear families .Therefore dedicated crèche services are provided by PGI in 14000 sqft area . ( Breakup of the covered area is 1500sqft, crèche is 675 sqft, Kitchen 60 sqft, Toilet 490 sqft ,Office 65sq ft .)
Historical perspective of the Nivedita Creche
Creche was opened for the welfare of the children’s of nurses on 14.11.1980 by Dr.P.L Wahi DPGI at that time. Actually, it was started by ICCW on 15.08.1980 (Indian Council of Child Welfare- inaugurated by Mrs.Neki), but later closed because of administrative difficulties and reopened under Department of Nurses Services in the above date. It was started under one project with the objective of developing good mental health of the children of whose mother’s were working. Mannu was the first child registered in this crèche later the strength increased to 10 at the end of that month and 72 at 1st year. Mrs. Prem Mehra (CNS-Chief Nursing Superintendent) was the first project officer. The building for crèche was first allotted in Anatomy wing then shifted to nurses hostel wing. It is different from traditional crèche because it is a need based crèche. At that time 5 Sahaikas trained by PGI nurses and they worked 7 hours at a stretch in day time and 10½ hours in night. Age groups between 3 months to 3 years were admitted during that time. Then the age criteria changed from 3 years to 8 years in the upper side and again to till 10 years of age.
It provided services 24*7 which is round the clock and round the year. List of project officers and Chair person were given below.
Table No 1: List of Project officers and Chair-persons
Account was started in the name of Nivedita Creche Private Grant under DPGI (Leg No: 301). It is running inside PGIMER campus which is providing building, water and electricity bill for free of cost, because it is started only for PGI nurses, but now for all permanent PGI employees.
Creche: Supervision (Assistance) by Nursing department.
B.Sc Nursing staff: 9.30 am-5.30 pm
It was open round the clock for 3months to 3 years children. Then later increase to 8 years and further to 10 years by 01.06.2006. Presently the lower limit is 6 months and upper 10 years.