Thousands of male workers enrolled their girls and boys in IMSS nurseries

From October 2019 to July 2022more than 92,000 male workers affiliated with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) have enrolled their daughters and sons in day services offered by the institution, where minors receive food, pedagogical care, health promotion and therapeutic support.

Head of Regulation of Nursery Services and Employment Schemes at IMSS, Erica Teresa Suarez Saavedra, explained that in October 2019. National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination (Conapred) issued a recommendation to Social Security to ensure the right of male policyholders to exercise this advantage, and on that date registrations were opened.

He pointed out that this establishment scheme has been strengthened by the reform of articles 201 and 205 of the Social Security Act, “through which the service is provided to working parents, insured under the compulsory regime, who have children and can enroll them in our nurseries . “

He said that as of July 2022, out of 180,467 minors enrolled in 1,326 social security day care centers, a total of 50,288 (27.8 percent) were daughters and sons of insured men.

He pointed out that Guanajuato, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Sonora and Tamaulipas registered the highest number of registered men working in social security nurseries.

Suarez Saavedra stressed that all minors receive healthy, varied and sufficient food according to their age; health promotion activities that monitor health status, vaccination schedules, health filter at reception and medical care; pedagogy to promote their all-round development; and the administrative part, which is responsible for reviewing the human and material resources for the proper functioning of the children’s institution.

We also have inclusive crèches where we provide therapeutic support to children with moderate disabilities to improve their development and integration into society,” he said.

She added that IMSS is committed to opening additional locations this year to provide the service to more workers, which is why it is implementing an expansion program through integrated day care schemes, company day care and expanding spaces, some of which already are in surgery.

“Invite the insured parents to Mandatory mode of the institute, remind them that they are entitled to the Nursery service for their children from 43 days from birth to 4 years of age; come to any of our units or the page has all the necessary information to be able to register them”, he indicated.

Victor Solis worked for 14 years in the federal government and has long sought the right to provide childcare services “which traditionally have always been for mothers. I found out about it from other parents, from the spread of news and websites, I looked for information about it and the nearest kindergarten to my workplace, I saw good comments from parents on social networks and decided to enroll my son. .

He said that at work, his schedule starts at nine in the morning and sometimes ends between seven and nine in the evening, so he takes advantage of his lunch break to pick up his son and take him home before returning to work.

“Being close to my place of work is important to me, in any unforeseen or eventual circumstances I can go to my son and know he is ok, be aware or closer to him and obviously trained people with experience in the field of caring for minors, as well as teaching them to be more independent and subject to sphincter control, which is a very difficult process for children,” she emphasized.

Regarding the reforms in the laws to ensure that workers have access to this benefit, he believes that this is something that is just and necessary, “Nowadays the discourse is always about gender equality, fairness, I think they had forgotten a bit about working parents, that we have our children and we need these types of services.”

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