Published on 1st October 2021
Jennifer lives just outside of Paris and works in the human resources sector through a temporary work agency. She is a single mother, and like many working parents, her evenings are often a mad dash to leave work in time to pick up her daughter.
Working as an agency worker she is able to rely on the childcare support services provided by FASTT, the bipartite social support and supplementary health insurance scheme for agency workers in France. This scheme was initially implemented to cover medical costs and hospitalisation and adds to the coverage already provided by the French state, but it has evolved to now cover housing, credit and mobility assistance as well as childcare support. Depending on where she is being sent on assignment, Jennifer can get in touch with FASTT to arrange the childcare she needs. The system is swift and efficient and within 48 hours she can secure the appropriate babysitting support – either at home or at her daughter’s school.
Jennifer has found the FASTT childcare service a real support. It has allowed her to continue working and pursue her career, knowing that her daughter is being well cared for. This gives her not just personal fulfillment but also enables her to maintain financial independence and to be able to provide for her daughter and herself. She is very satisfied with the service and the independence that it affords her and her family, and she also finds the cost to be extremely affordable and competitively priced. The first hour’s childcare is charged at one euro and then everything else is paid for by FASTT up to a maximum of 80 hours per year.