All smiles: Chew (centre, in brown shirt) having fun with children from Taska Nur during a visit by senior citizens from Mersing at her ministry in Putrajaya.
PUTRAJAYA: Local councils will be roped in to discuss the setting up of more nurseries in the private sector workplace, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
The society, she said, needed more nurseries or daycare centres to encourage the participation of women with children in the workforce.
“We wish to work with the local councils and share with them the difficulties faced in this industry such as the high licence fees charged.
“We would like to hold talks with local authorities on how we may make the processes more convenient and create a conducive and friendly environment to provide this service,” said Chew after hosting a group of senior citizens during a visit to a nursery at the ministry here yesterday.
As at July 31, there are only 26 daycare centres registered at private companies, looking after 929 children up to age six.
In comparison, there are 115 daycare centres provided for civil servants nationwide.
The Government, Chew said, had implemented policies to encourage the setting up of daycare centres for children of civil servants.
These included RM180 in childcare fee subsidies for parents and an allocation of RM200,000 to any ministry and department to set up a nursery for their staff.
For private sector operators, Chew said a five-year tax exemption at the rate of 10% a year would be given.
“I would like to call on private companies to consider setting up registered daycare facilities at the workplace as part of their corporate social responsibility programme in support of their employees with families,” urged Chew.