Open new private kindergarten in “Yahya Kemal”

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The first private kindergarten within “Yahya Kemal” college in Skopje has been opened today. At the beginning, the kindergarten will provide care for sixty children with plans to further expand its capacities. The initial investment amounts €700.000 with additional funds of €800.000 that are planned to be invested in the future. During the construction of the kindergarten, the college used the benefits of reduced public utilities charges by 95 percent.

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This is the 26th private kindergarten opened in the past several years which provides additional childcare to 1.550 pre-school children. So far, about €700.000 have been invested in constructing and equipping the kindergarten, which provides modern conditions and childcare for sixty children. Further investment in the kindergarten is also planned in the future, Labour Minister Dime Spasov said at kindergarten’s opening.

Spasov said that the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy will continue with investments and in cooperation will continue to open kindergartens.

The kindergarten is located in Karpos municipality where in cooperation with the municipality and the mayor and council’s president we have started several investment projects. We have completed the renovation of kindergarten located in Kozle settlement and we also plan to invest in building new kindergarten in 2016, Spasov said.

He also said that Karpos municipality applied for grant from the World Bank through the Ministry of Finance, which has already been approved, and construction of a kindergarten in Bardovci settlement is expected to begin in 2016.

Spasov also announced new programme that should begin to be implemented in early 2016. It is a grant amounting to €10.000 for establishing private kindergartens. In this way we plan to encourage opening of at least 10 private kindergartens in 2016 which will open 50 new jobs and childcare of about 500 pre-school children.

We plan to publish a public call in early 2016 aimed all interested to apply and afterwards based on expressed interests, the priorities will be defined, Spasov concluded.