The Government aims to have a workforce comprising at least 59% of women by 2020. To do that, we must have more registered childcare centres to cater to these women’s children, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said. On Aug 14, Sunday Star reported that Malaysia is far from its target of having 13,200 registered childcare centres by 2020. Currently, there are not enough centres to cater to 3.2 million children under the age of four whose parents are in need of these services.
Number of registered childcare centres nationwide:
Number of children:
Number of educators:
Source: National Child Development Research Centre
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IN THE RED
Total private centres surveyed: 14
RM1,840 to RM9,150
RM2,740 to RM9,630
Total private centres surveyed: 203
Forced to close after paying minimum wage:
36 or 17.8%
Not paying minimum wage:
142 or 69%
Paid minimum wage and either made a small profit or loss:
25 or 12.3%
Total private centres surveyed: 36
Forced to close to avoid fine for failing to pay minimum wage: 95%
Babies and children affected: 2,515
Childcare staff made jobless: 736
RM1,540 to RM11,000
RM2,260 to RM17,615
Total private centres surveyed: 58
Fee range (babies to age four):
RM220 to RM300
Total costs (ie, salary, EPF, Perkeso, food, rental, utilities and telephone bills, Internet bill, cleaning/household items, learning tools, stationery, activities, celebrations, emergency fund, income tax, GST):
RM7,800 to RM25,200 (depending on location)
Total costs (ie: salary, EPF, Perkeso, food, rental, utilities and telephone bills, Internet bill, cleaning/household items, learning tools, stationery, activities, celebrations, emergency fund, income tax, GST):
RM15,723.10 to RM27,184.05 (depending on location)
Losses: RM1,984.05 to RM14,059.10 (depending on location)
Note: All survey participants are registered childcare centres.
Source: Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia.