Urban Space and the Proliferaton of Illegal and Substandard Crèche Facilites in Nigeria Cover Image

Urban Space and the Proliferaton of Illegal and Substandard Crèche Facilites in Nigeria
Urban Space and the Proliferaton of Illegal and Substandard Crèche Facilites in Nigeria

Author(s): Adediran Daniel Ikuomola, Rashidi Akanji Okunola
Subject(s): Labor relations, Applied Sociology, Welfare services
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: crèche; paid labor; economic exploitation; children’s wellbeing; urban space;

Summary/Abstract: There are growing concerns on the proliferation of illegal schools across the world but with less attention given to pre-school facilities which are often not categorized as schools. With abundant evidences in Nigeria,that most of these preschools metamorphose into schools, this study examines the proliferation of illegal and substandard crèche facilities in selected suburbs in Lagos State, Nigeria. Drawing on qualitative data collected from fifteen (15) proprietors and operators of crèche facilities, twenty-four (24) families with children in attendant, it was discovered that crèches were conceived as an informal business, seen as an extension of the home front. Thus the need for registration and formalization of crèche facilities was deemed not necessary. Similarly, narratives of parents’ unwillingness to pay standard crèche fees and the unreliability of nannies accounted for the status quo. Neighborhood location, proximity, and cost were other primary correlates for the continuous patronage of illegal and substandard crèches. The study concluded that economic concerns rather than adequate and proper well being of infants cum children were major factors fostering the proliferation and patronage of illegal crèches in Nigerian urban space. There is an urgent need for the state and local councils to enact laws prohibiting substandard and illegal crèches in city centers.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 67-79
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English