Childcare centres in Penang to reopen in stages


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020

The first phase of the reopening of childcare centres will start on June 15 and more will be allowed to open in the next phases. — Filepic

THE Penang government has agreed to allow all 120 registered childcare centres (taska) to operate in stages, said state welfare and caring society committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

He said the first phase of the reopening involved 26 centres starting from June 15 and more would be allowed to be open in the next phases.

“Since June 1, the state government and several other agencies, notably Welfare Department, have been conducting surveillance at the taska centres during the conditional movement control order (MCO).

“During the surveillance, the operators’ compliance level of the standard operating procedure (SOP) was scrutinised.

“The detailed reports were sent to me, ” he said in a recent statement.

Phee said only nine taska were allowed to open in the state.

There are 15 public taska in the state.

“Overall, the compliance rate is at a satisfactory level.

“The attendance of kids is still at the minimum and the centres operate at 50% of their capacities, ” he said.

He said the state government’s intention to allow private taska to operate had to be postponed to June 15 following additional SOP imposed by the Health Ministry on June 1.

He said regulations on matters such as cleanliness, isolation room preparation, sanitisation and prevention of gatherings must be channelled to parents and be taken seriously.

He said this was to ensure that there would be no risk of the virus spreading among children.

In ensuring compliance, taska operators must get the operating permission letter from the state Welfare Department after inspection is complete.

They must ensure that the total capacity of children in their premises does not exceed more than 50%, among other requirements.

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