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  • Thursday, 11 Jun 2020

Fatimah showing the standard operating procedures for childcare centres in Sarawak. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: Childcare centres and kindergartens in Sarawak can use the special annual grant from the state government to subsidise their operation costs this year.

State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said they can also use the grant to buy hand sanitiser and other equipment to prepare their premises for reopening in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP).

“The state government has agreed to give leeway to early childhood education institutions to use the grant for these two additional purposes.

“We recognise that these institutions are facing challenging times as they received no income in April and May due to the movement control order but still had to bear operating costs such as rental, utility bills and staff salaries,” she said when visiting Taska Cahaya Horizons here.

The special grant of RM5,000 is meant to be used for balanced meals for the children, fun learning, professional development of teachers and parental involvement in activities.

So far this year, 92% or 2,853 out of 3,113 registered early childhood education institutions in the state have applied for the grant.

Fatimah also reminded childcare centres to comply with the SOP after the state government allowed them to reopen starting Tuesday.

She said those failing to do so would be instructed to close and to comply before they could resume operations.

“But I believe Sarawakians’ record in terms of compliance to SOP is very good and that is why we have been able to flatten the Covid-19 curve,” she said.

She noted that the childcare centre she visited yesterday complied with the SOP, including checking the temperature of staff and children upon arrival, providing hand sanitiser, arranging the furniture to ensure social distancing and refraining from group activities.

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