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Amarchand starts baby/toddler centre for working mothers


Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi office is launching a day-care facility for the children of its working mothers in a bid to support and facilitate work-life balance.

Amarchand Delhi managing partner Shardul Shroff will inaugurate the newly built 500 sq feet crèche on the ground floor of its Okhla-area office on 19 December.

The firm stated that it has dedicated the center as a small token of appreciation to the women lawyers and staff of its office.

The Amarchand partner in charge of this project Akila Agrawal told Legally India: "It is for first time in the history of Indian law firms that a day care center for women lawyers would be launched."

She added: "Firm bears all the costs of running the facility both the infrastructure cost as well as running costs. We have partnered with Your Kids 'R' Our Kids, the agency which set-up such facilities for IBM and Accenture."

She said that the facility will function from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm every working day.

It has a capacity to provide for 15 children between the age group of six months to eight years, with one qualified nurse for infants below the age of one year and two teachers for the rest.

"For toddlers, we will have teachers who will group them into ages and keep them engaged throughout the day, for school going kids they will provide home work help, puppet shows and theatre workshops," she noted.

Amarchand associate Natashaa Shroff added: "Basically the culture of our firm has been to encourage women lawyers and facilitate them in their working environment in the office, considering that most of us spend our day here.

"I always felt that if you're not sure of how your home life is then you can't concentrate on your work life. At the moment we have a lot of young mothers and mothers-to-be. The project was always in the pipeline, but now was an opportune moment to do, considering that we have a sufficient number to make it workable."

The Delhi High Court also operates a day-care facility for advocates since last year.

Photo by Manish Bansal

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