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Taiwan: Regulations Eased on Childcare Center Locations

(Apr. 6, 2011) As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to increase. Minister Jiang Yi-huah stated, “[u]nder the new law, child care facilities can be set up in public areas such as activity centers, gymnasiums and parks … . This initiative will promote better services and ease the financial burden of raising children.” He added that once the amended measures take effect in early April, it is expected that 15 public nurseries will be licensed. The amended provisions affectthe Capital City Planned Public Facility Land-Use Multi-Purpose Use Measures. (Elaine Hou, MOI Initiative Improves Child Care Options, TAIWAN TODAY (Mar. 25, 2011), Press Release, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior Loosens Use of Public Facility Occupancy, Guides PublicNursery Legalization, and Also Plans for Economical Child-Rearing and Education Services [in Chinese] (Mar. 24, 2011).)

The Ministry is also reviewing an amendment to measures on building use (the Measures on Building Use Categories and Changed Uses), which, if adopted, would enable more than 100 existing public childcare facilities to be licensed. Jiang stated that the revision of the measures is also aimed at addressing Taiwan's aging society, so that public transport stations, in addition to hosting child care facilities, can host social welfare centers for the elderly. (Hou, supra; Press Release, supra.)