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23 October 2009 / by / 34 comments

New job opportunities for older women

Through a WINGS-​KKH con­fine­ment nanny course, women over 40 have a chance to try some­thing new.

BY: Eleanor Yap


The first con­fine­ment nanny pro­gramme started by the Women’s Ini­tia­tive for Age­ing Suc­cess­fully (WINGS) and KK Women’s and Children’s Hos­pi­tal (KKH) has given women 40 years and above new hope and a chance to work in a new indus­try. Said one of the programme’s first batch of nine par­tic­i­pants, Anna Tan, who did not want to reveal her age, “At our age, there are not many jobs avail­able for us. After (tak­ing) this course, we can become con­fine­ment nannies.”

Added another par­tic­i­pant and for­mer insur­ance agent Angie Lim: “This is a new con­cept and train­ing for us. It’s good and we can now be trained as con­fine­ment nan­nies. Nowa­days, the new moth­ers do not have it easy. So far, they’ve been get­ting their con­fine­ment nan­nies from Malaysia. Even then, these have to be through refer­rals because you don’t know who’s good and who’s not.”

This 49-​year-​old mother of two has spent a year job-​hunting. She had sent out “count­less” resumes, even for house­keep­ing jobs, but noth­ing. She decided then to take the con­fine­ment nanny train­ing course. It seems her luck has changed for the bet­ter – before the course started, Lim has her first nanny assignment!

The pro­gramme aims to equip these women with the most up-​to-​date knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal skills as con­fine­ment nan­nies or serve as com­pe­tent con­fine­ment nan­nies to their own fam­i­lies. Added another par­tic­i­pant, Esther Cheng, who did not want to reveal her age and is not seek­ing employ­ment: “One of my chil­dren got mar­ried a year ago. Maybe soon I’ll be a grand­mother and I can be chief! I can have all these (she points to the group of trainees) as my assistants! ”

New knowl­edge

At the end of the five-​day course, par­tic­i­pants will know about com­plete baby care, breast­feed­ing tech­niques, healthy con­fine­ment cook­ing, and be able to pre­pare 20 con­fine­ment meals and cre­ate well-​balanced menu plans. They will also under­stand and iden­tify the herbs used in con­fine­ment cook­ing that are essen­tial towards re-​nourishing and re-​building the health of the new mother. Cheng and Lim explained that the con­fine­ment cook­ing les­son was par­tic­u­larly eye-​opening and they now under­stand the impor­tance of herbs.

Explained Dr Kan­waljit Soin, pres­i­dent of WINGS, of the need for such a course: “Over the past year, we met with var­i­ous organ­i­sa­tions and realised that there is a need in Sin­ga­pore for qual­ity home post-​natal care given by trained per­son­nel. Through this col­lab­o­ra­tion with KKH, we aim to equip some of our mem­bers with up-​to-​date knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary for them to pro­vide con­fine­ment nanny services.”

Added Lee Heng Pheng, direc­tor, Divi­sion of Nurs­ing, KKH: “We are pleased to part­ner WINGS in this pro­gramme and help their par­tic­i­pants acquire a set of use­ful skills that offer them an alter­na­tive job option as well as enable them to help post­na­tal mothers.”

Besides the age require­ment, those sign­ing up for the WINGS-​KKH course should be Sin­ga­pore cit­i­zens or per­ma­nent res­i­dents, have basic cook­ing skills and be a WINGS mem­ber (a year mem­ber­ship costs $10). The course, which is held in Eng­lish, costs $1,200. Asked if there were any sub­si­dies given, Amy Tan, exec­u­tive direc­tor of WINGS, said: “In order to pro­vide a sub­sidy, there has to be some strings attached such as a con­tracted period of time for ser­vices ren­dered or other forms of rec­i­p­ro­cal engage­ment. The ini­tial feed­back we had received from our mem­bers dur­ing our plan­ning stage was that the ladies pre­ferred the free­dom to choose between employ­ment and use of the skills at home with their fam­i­lies. As such, WINGS decided not to offer any sub­sidy nor any bind­ing terms for the par­tic­i­pants. So, the ladies can decide to take the course for their own per­sonal devel­op­ment or to seek part-​time employment.”

WINGS and KKH have signed an agree­ment to jointly run the con­fine­ment nanny train­ing pro­gramme for three years. Tan explained that dur­ing this period, they will be assess­ing the course and get­ting feed­back from par­tic­i­pants. “We’ll review the pro­gramme and assess base on the demand for it.”

Other option

For those look­ing for a sim­i­lar course in Man­darin can opt for Thom­son Med­ical Centre’s hands-​on con­fine­ment lady/​nanny train­ing course, which lasts two days. The course fee is $300, how­ever, par­tic­i­pants are required to serve a con­tract with TMC for a period of three years.

** The next WINGS-​KKH con­fine­ment nanny train­ing course will likely be Feb­ru­ary or March 2010. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact May Tan at 6250 1012 or e-​mail: may@​wings.​sg. For the TMC course, call 6251 4090.

(PHOTO CRED­ITSWINGS)

Spe­cial thanks to: Koh Joh Ju of Pin­stripes Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for her help on the story.



Through a WINGS-KKH confinement nanny course, women over 40 have a chance to try something new.

BY: Eleanor Yap


The first confinement nanny programme started by the Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully (WINGS) and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) has given women 40 years and above new hope and a chance to work in a new industry. Said one of the programme’s first batch of nine participants, Anna Tan, who did not want to reveal her age, “At our age, there are not many jobs available for us. After (taking) this course, we can become confinement nannies.”

Added another participant and former insurance agent Angie Lim: “This is a new concept and training for us. It’s good and we can now be trained as confinement nannies. Nowadays, the new mothers do not have it easy. So far, they’ve been getting their confinement nannies from Malaysia. Even then, these have to be through referrals because you don’t know who’s good and who’s not.”

This 49-year-old mother of two has spent a year job-hunting. She had sent out “countless” resumes, even for housekeeping jobs, but nothing. She decided then to take the confinement nanny training course. It seems her luck has changed for the better – before the course started, Lim has her first nanny assignment!

The programme aims to equip these women with the most up-to-date knowledge and practical skills as confinement nannies or serve as competent confinement nannies to their own families. Added another participant, Esther Cheng, who did not want to reveal her age and is not seeking employment: “One of my children got married a year ago. Maybe soon I’ll be a grandmother and I can be chief! I can have all these (she points to the group of trainees) as my assistants! ”

New knowledge

At the end of the five-day course, participants will know about complete baby care, breastfeeding techniques, healthy confinement cooking, and be able to prepare 20 confinement meals and create well-balanced menu plans. They will also understand and identify the herbs used in confinement cooking that are essential towards re-nourishing and re-building the health of the new mother. Cheng and Lim explained that the confinement cooking lesson was particularly eye-opening and they now understand the importance of herbs.

Explained Dr Kanwaljit Soin, president of WINGS, of the need for such a course: “Over the past year, we met with various organisations and realised that there is a need in Singapore for quality home post-natal care given by trained personnel. Through this collaboration with KKH, we aim to equip some of our members with up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary for them to provide confinement nanny services.”

Added Lee Heng Pheng, director, Division of Nursing, KKH: “We are pleased to partner WINGS in this programme and help their participants acquire a set of useful skills that offer them an alternative job option as well as enable them to help postnatal mothers.”

Besides the age requirement, those signing up for the WINGS-KKH course should be Singapore citizens or permanent residents, have basic cooking skills and be a WINGS member (a year membership costs $10). The course, which is held in English, costs $1,200. Asked if there were any subsidies given, Amy Tan, executive director of WINGS, said: “In order to provide a subsidy, there has to be some strings attached such as a contracted period of time for services rendered or other forms of reciprocal engagement. The initial feedback we had received from our members during our planning stage was that the ladies preferred the freedom to choose between employment and use of the skills at home with their families. As such, WINGS decided not to offer any subsidy nor any binding terms for the participants.  So, the ladies can decide to take the course for their own personal development or to seek part-time employment.”

WINGS and KKH have signed an agreement to jointly run the confinement nanny training programme for three years. Tan explained that during this period, they will be assessing the course and getting feedback from participants. “We’ll review the programme and assess base on the demand for it.”

Other option

For those looking for a similar course in Mandarin can opt for Thomson Medical Centre’s hands-on confinement lady/nanny training course, which lasts two days. The course fee is $300, however, participants are required to serve a contract with TMC for a period of three years.

** The next WINGS-KKH confinement nanny training course will likely be February or March 2010. For more information, contact May Tan at 6250 1012 or e-mail: may@wings.sg. For the TMC course, call 6251 4090.

 

(PHOTO CREDITS: WINGS)

Special thanks to: Koh Joh Ju of Pinstripes Communications for her help on the story.


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34 Comments

  1. Peiyin Hiew says:

    May I know if the confinement training course is still available? Is it available to participants outside of Singapore?

  2. Joe Tan says:

    Hi! May I know when is the new class for confinement nanny course, in the coming Year 2016? After the 5-days course, will the participants receive a Certificate of Participation in Confinement Nanny course, to prove that they have attended your course and have the knowledge and ability to take the role? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks : )

  3. Lee Jia Ying says:

    Hi I will like to know where can I find information regarding the course in Mandarin for TMC?

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Susan says:

    Kindly let me know is there any intake for year 2016 yet. How to go about apply it? Thank you

  5. Josephine Lee says:

    May i know the confinement training course is still available?

  6. Alice says:

    May I know is there anymore confinement course available in 2016?

  7. Lian Liew says:

    is there any next available date for confinement nanny course? for malaysian, mandarin speaker. thanks

  8. Is there any next available date for mandarin speaker confinement nanny course? Any government subsidiaries?

  9. Annie says:

    May I know the next coming Confinement Course (Mandarin) available?
    I’m Singapore PR from Malaysia, age 40+
    Previously was work as TCM nurse,
    Have some knowledge in Chinese TCM herbs,
    also have some knowledge of massage for adults and baby,
    Interested in cooking Confinement meal.

    Any government subsidy/ WDA fund for coming Confinement course?

    Please email: healthylife178@gmail.com

    Please advise.
    Thanks!

  10. May Fong says:

    Hi,

    May i know the confinement training course for mandarin is still available ?
    How to apply it ?

    Thank you & regards
    May Fong

  11. Peggy says:

    I would like to know is there any class conducting in 2017?
    How do we look for our customer, will the hospital refer us the mom to be in KKH?

    Regards,
    Peggy

  12. Angeline says:

    Hi,
    I am interested in taking up the course in English, can I know how to apply.

    Rgds
    Angeline

  13. Annie says:

    Hi,

    May I know the next coming Confinement Course (Mandarin) available?

    Any government subsidy/ WDA fund for coming Confinement course?

    Please email: healthylife178@gmail.com

    Thanks!

    Annie

  14. Christina Goh says:

    Hi there, may I know when is the next course intake and whether there’s an age limit for this course?

    Thank you.
    Christina

  15. Jean Pang says:

    Hi, when is the next course intake? Any government subsidy ? Can I have the course program?

    Thanks and regards

  16. Junice Tan says:

    Hello:) please send me the Confinement Nanny Course for 2018. Hope to receive your email soon.

    Thank you for your help.

  17. Violet Hue says:

    Hi, would apprec if you could let have confinement course program/schedules for Nov & Dec 2017 & for yr 2018. Thank you.

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