REGISTERED childcare centres and nurseries caring for the children of frontliners and working parents are allowed to operate during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period.
However, the childcare centres and nurseries need to adhere fully to the standard operating procedure.
Penang welfare committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the requirements included ensuring that the centres were registered with the state Welfare Department.
“The centres need to obtain permission from the state Welfare Department director and submit verification letters from the employers of the parents or guardians confirming that the affected parent or guardian needs to work.
“They also need to adhere to the SOP for taska safety and the social care sector as directed by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, ” he said in a statement on Thursday.
Phee added that unregistered childcare centres and nurseries looking to obtain permission to operate would not be considered.
“This is in line with the operating permission for childcare centres and nurseries during the conditional MCO period under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
“Childcare centres under technical agencies including state authorities, the Fire and Rescue Department as well as the Health Department need to fulfill requirements under these agencies for licences to be issued.
“Then the centres can put forward their applications to the Welfare Department for registration.
“Under the district Welfare Department office, all completed and submitted applications will be processed within 48 hours.”
For more details or a list of the registered childcare centres, the public may visit www.jkm.gov.my
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