More local daycare facilities may be the country's best chance of increasing its chronically low birthrate, a report suggests.
The National Assembly Budget Office last week released analysis of surveys between 2009 and 2013 of 2,150 households who had a baby in 2008 asking if they intend to have more.
It found that a 10 percentage point increase in quotas at nurseries in a region increases the likelihood of families having more babies by 1.39 percentage points.
Korea has a relatively high proportion of infants and toddlers being sent to nurseries compared to the rest of the OECD.
In 2014, 35.7 percent of infants under 2 in Korea were placed in nurseries, compared to the OECD average of 34.4 percent, and those aged 3-5 had a nursery placement rate of 92.2 percent, considerably higher than the OECD average of 83.3 percent.
The report added that having a nursery close to home also encourages families to consider having a second or third child.
Better access to public daycare centers makes it even easier as the likelihood that families want to have more babies increases 1.89 percentage points.
The office said, "As daycare facilities affect families' decision to have children, the government should establish enough facilities to provide quality childcare, especially in regions that are currently underserved."