The infants early education market is on the rise. Since 2012, the government has repeatedly mentioned the development of early education in relevant policies and regulations. In particular, on May 10, 2019, the State Council issued guidance on the nurturing industry, making early education a hot spot for investment. At present, the development of China's infant early education industry has problems such as low success rate, difficulty in content research and development, difficulty in scale expansion, lack of teachers and management talents. Although China's economically developed regions such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong pay more attention to early childhood education, the infant enrollment rate in China is only 4.3%, which is still far from the average enrollment rate of 33.2% in OECD countries. There is great potential for development in the future.
China's infant and children care industry mainly includes infant food, supplies, medical care, and childcare. In the field of infant food, in 2019, the penetration rate of complementary food for infants and young children in China was only about 25.0%. Meanwhile, the ratio of food supplement and milk powder consumption for infants and toddlers in mainland China is 1:7, while in developed countries (Europe and the United States, etc.), the ratio is 1:1, and that in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan is 1:4. In the field of baby products, the size of China's baby stroller market reached 13.21 billion yuan in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 6.3%. 63.9% of consumers plan to increase consumer spending in 2019, with 22.0% of them expecting a 30% increase in consumer spending. In the field of infant and child medical care, in 2018, a total of 28 kinds of medicines were required to modify the instructions, including some Chinese medicine injections and large varieties of proprietary Chinese medicines. In the field of infant care, in May 2019, the State Council of China issued the “Guiding Opinions of the General Office of the State Council on Promoting the Development of Infant and Child Care Services Under 3 Years Old”, proposing to vigorously promote the development of infant care industry. China’s infants and young children have a 4.1% enrollment rate in various types of care institutions, far lower than the enrollment rate of 25%-55% in developed countries.
According to iiMedia Research, the number of kindergartens in China has increased year by year. It is expected to exceed 270 thousand in 2018. At the same time, the kindergarten market will reach 230 billion yuan. At present, the fees for kindergartens run by the citizens are expensive. According to the requirements of the generally beneficial goal, it is estimated that by 2020, the admission rate of generally beneficial kindergartens will reach 80.0%. Private kindergartens will be developed in the direction of high-end, with a view to bringing sustained and stable revenue.