PA to set up parenting resource centres and support groups in all GRCs by 2014

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu and People's Association (PA) chief executive director Ang Hak Seng (in red) at the launch of the PA's first information resource point for parents at Yuhua Community Centre. The PA will set up informa
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu and People's Association (PA) chief executive director Ang Hak Seng (in red) at the launch of the PA's first information resource point for parents at Yuhua Community Centre. The PA will set up information resource points at community centres and form parent support groups across all Group Representation Constituencies by next year. -- PHOTO: PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION 

When it comes to starting a family and raising children, the amount of information can be overwhelming.

To cut through the clutter, the People's Association (PA) will set up information resource points at community centres and form parent support groups across all Group Representation Constituencies by next year.

The resource centres will include information on locations of nearby pediatricians and childcare centres, local nannies and fertility tips, said PA chief executive director Ang Hak Seng. Websites will also be set up.

"It helps very busy parents to, in one location and at one shot, get as much information as they can about the types of services in the community," said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, who oversees population issues.

This can be part of the way society supports parents, she told reporters at the Yuhua Community Centre on Sunday morning, when the PA launched its first parenthood resource point.

"This is one of many ground-up initiatives to celebrate parenthood, Parents themselves find there's a lot of joy in having children...if they find greater support in society, the thought of having children will not be such a frightening one," said Ms Fu.