All babysitters may have to register with ministry says Wan Azizah

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  • Saturday, 25 Aug 2018

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. -AP

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is looking into changing the law to get all childminders registered with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, said Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Minister was  responding to the case of a four-month-old baby boy who is in critical condition at a hospital in Seremban after suffering a brain haemorrhage while under the care of a babysitter.

Dr Wan Azizah said that a task force will be set up under the ministry, which is also looking into setting up a registry for childminders.

She said all childminders in the country should be registered to ensure that they had no criminal records.

The ministry is also looking into improving childcare services generally in the country, besides addressing the loop holes in the law.

"The report (we received) said that the childminder did not have any training from the ministry.

"This is one of the loop holes in the law, that it is not compulsory for those caring for less than four children to get training from the ministry.

"Now, we need to tighten the laws," she said during the Aidiladha animal sacrifice programme at the Nurul Hidayah mosque here on Saturday (Aug 25).

Dr Wan Azizah said that the Selangor government is already sponsoring basic training for child care services.

She also urged parents to choose childminders who are qualified and registered with the ministry.

In the recent Seremban case, the boy's mother rushed him to the hospital after the babysitter told her that her son had lost consciousness.
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