THE Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) is offering a six-day childcare training programme for those interested in starting a childcare centre at home.
The training programme, the sixth to be held, will be from May 28 to June 15.
More than 200 people in Seberang Prai have qualified to be childminders since the programme was launched last year.
“The program is open to Penangites aged 18 and above and they will be screened before we allow them to attend the subsidised training course,” said PWDC programme manager Karen Lai Yu Lee at a press conference.
Lai said the May 28 to June 15 course would be held in George Town and only about 40 applicants would be approved to undergo the training.
“We want to focus more on giving the participants a quality education on childcare and childminding.”
“Those who have completed the six-day course will be given a certificate from the state Welfare Department (JKM) to prove that they have undergone training and have basic knowledge on being a childminder.
“We encourage full-time housewives and those who wish to work from home to take up the course as it can help them generate extra income,” said state Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development chairman Chong Eng, who was also present.
“Providing childcare training to locals so that they can open up their own neighbourhood childcare centre is one of the strategies under the childcare policy to ensure the safety of children.
“When you have women in the neighbourhood doing childcare, we might decrease the dependency on foreign workers while also create a sustainable business for the community.
“We cannot eliminate the need for maids completely but we are giving those who cannot afford a maid an alternative,” Chong Eng added.
There is also a two-day course alternative for those who feel like they are unable to attend the six-day course but JKM certificates will only be given out to those who have undergone the six-day programme.
“Both programmes will cover all the relevant laws, procedures and policy and teach about child development. The main difference between the two-day course and six-day course is that those who attend the two-day course will only get a certificate of participation and not a JKM certificate.
“If they want to open a childcare centre, they need the JKM certificate,” said Lai.
The six-day course also offers more practical training which includes the designing of nutritional plans for children as well as first aid.
“We don’t want to simply give out the JKM certificate. We want to ensure that only those who are dedicated and committed to the cause will be able to start up a childcare centre,” she stressed.
For more information on the programme call 04-2612835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.