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The Childcare Center supported by IBM will integrate ‘Your Kids R Our Kids’ domain expertise to make high-quality early learning programs available to the youngest learners, who are instinctively drawn to technology as a source of education and fun

IBM announced the launch of a first-of-a-kind Childcare Center for its employees in Pune, under its pioneer US$50mn Global Work/Life Fund. The announcement entails a partnership between IBM and ‘Your Kids R Our Kids’ – a high quality pre-school and daycare solutions provider.

The Childcare Center supported by IBM will integrate ‘Your Kids R Our Kids’ domain expertise to make high-quality early learning programs available to the youngest learners, who are instinctively drawn to technology as a source of education and fun.

Commenting on the launch, Anupama Vaish, Program Manager, Work Life Integration, IBM India/South Asia said, “Work-Life integration is a key priority for IBM as it touches the morale, productivity and satisfaction levels of employees. The launch of the Child care centre in Pune showcases IBM’s commitment towards helping its employees achieve a perfect work-life balance and enhance career success.”

 “This alliance will help us amalgamate 'Your Kids R Our Kids’ expertise with our technological leadership to offer an all-encompassing package to the children, as well as working parents.” added Anupama. Elaborating on the partnership, Suman Kapoor, Director - ‘Your Kids R Our Kids’ said, “Our mission is to provide innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best. We are proud to collaborate with IBM on this extraordinary program for children, thereby increasing their opportunities for success as they begin elementary school.''

Following are some examples of the types of activities the child care center will undertake to give a head start to children on academic and holistic development:

* The Infant program (3 months -12 months of age) reinforces gross motor and cognitive skill activities.

* The Early Toddler/Toddler program (ages 1-2 years) will concentrate on fine motor skills, cognitive skills, socialization and communication skills. Nurturing, positive feedback, interaction with others, language skills etc are crucial to the learning process at this stage.

* The Pre School program (ages 2-4 years) will prepare them full steam for a mainstream school. There are seven activity based learning centers core to this program which include- Book Nook, Block Buster, Art Adventures, Discovery Centre, Dramatic Play Area and Math Manipulative Area. * The Nursery and Kindergarten program (ages 4-6 years) recognizes that the children will soon be entering formal schools with a wide range of expectations academically and socially and will provide a foundation meeting those varied expectations.

* The After School Program (3-12 years) will offer a repertoire of enriching age appropriate activities to strengthen what children learn during their regular school hours, such as full homework assistance, creative writing, music, dance, gymnastics etc.

The Pune child care centre will operate from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, five days a week twelve months a year. Well balanced and nutritious lunches, morning and afternoon snacks coordinated by a registered dietician will be offered at the centre along with a certified in-house nurse and pediatrician who will available be on call. The centre also offers door to door transportation facilitates and can be reached at www.ykrok.in

BM’s Global Work/Life Fund was formed in the year 2001 with the objective to develop and support work/life programs in communities where its employees live and work. It is one of the first funds of its type to address such employee issues globally. While the fund addresses a variety of work/life issues, the primary focus is on dependent care programs that will help employees and their communities respond to the child and elder care responsibilities of working families. The fund is managed by cooperation with WFD, Inc., a leading consultant in work/life issues, based out of Boston, USA.

 IBM's Global Work/Life Fund has been recognized by NASSCOM as one of the most innovative offerings that address work/life needs in the IT/ITes industry. IBM won the Nasscom award in December last year for best childcare services in the Indian IT industry.

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