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    This is a medium size textile mill in China.

    A new day begins for the women?

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    Background: This is a medium size textile mill in China.

    A new day begins for the women workers at the Number 5 Textile Mill in Tientsin.

    The mill's nursery receives the day's first batch of babies who could be anywhere from 56 days after birth up to two-year-olds. The mothers bring them here on their way to work and take them home again after work. The nursery charges different fes for children of different ages. a two-year-old child pays 4.5 yuen a month for food which is equivalent to 1/12 of the average monthly wage of women textile workers. The mill's welfare fund takes care of the rent, electricity, running water, toys and other expenses. The average monthly sum spent on each child amounts to over 27 yuan of which a special allowance is made for their nutrition.

    The daily time table and care of the children are worked out by trained nurses who take into consideration the age traits of the children.

    The nursery is open morning, noon and night, accepting children 24 hours a day. For mothers who want to attend a study class after work to take part in other spare-time activities, they may leave their children at the nursery until they are free to take them home.

    The children are growing up healthy and strong in the good care of the nurse so that the working mothers can devote heart adn soul to their work. Some of them have become advanced workers while others have been promoted to responsible posts in the workshops or the mill.

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