Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that it will open an in-house child care facility as part of continuing efforts to create a working environment in which employees with young children can carry out their duties with peace of mind, knowing that their children are being well cared for. The new facility, called "Yamaha Motor Child Care Center - YY(wai-wai) Land," is scheduled to open in April 2005.
The new facility will be established through a grant from the Japan Institute of Workers' Evolution, an outside organization of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, in accordance with articles of the Law regarding Support Measures for Fostering the Next Generation that will be enforced from April of this year.
The actual operation of the facility will be undertaken by YS Co., Ltd. (President: Tokuji Kaneko), an affiliate of Yamaha Motor, with specialized know-how provided by Pigeonhearts Corp., which has extensive experience in the field of child care support.
The new facility will be located in Myogajima, Iwata City, just a short distance from the Yamaha Motor Head Office, in a one-story building measuring 210 m2, and having a total land area of 873 m2. It will eventually accommodate up to 30 preschool children (age 0-6 yrs.) of Yamaha Motor Group employees, but will have a limit of 15 children in the first year of operation. The design of the facility will be characterized by an emphasis on child care safety, for example offering a barrier-free environment with no stairs, and a “closed design” to prevent children from running out into the street.
For some time now, Yamaha Motor has been promoting better work environments for employees who wish to continue working even while raising a family - for example, by introducing child care leave and flextime systems - with the goal of achieving employee welfare services for a new era. In a preliminary survey, many employees expressed a desire for child care services that are convenient to the workplace. The establishment of this child care facility is thus a reflection of the needs of employees in an era of new child-raising practices.