IPOH: Parents must inform caretakers if their children are sick before coming to the nursery, says state Welfare Department (JKM) director Ruhaini Zawawi.
She said caretakers are allowed to refuse sick kids from entering nurseries.
“There should be two-way communication between parents and the caretakers. Both parties must check on the condition of the children before allowing them to enter the nursery,” said Ruhaini, after visiting a private nursery in Taman Margosa in Ipoh on Monday (March 11) after one of the children under their care passed away.
On March 8, the parents of a three-month-old baby received a call from his caretaker, after he was found unconscious at the nursery.
He was brought to Raja Permaisuri Bainun and was warded in the critical zone before being declared dead by a doctor later.
A post-mortem revealed the cause of the death to be pulmonary edema.
According to Ruhaini, the caretaker was not informed that the baby had flu.
“Upon our visit to the nursery today, we found they have been operating for more than five years with a good track record.
"It is a registered centre but their permit (registration declaration) expired in January 2019.
“For now, the centre is closed until they have renewed the registration,” said Ruhaini.
During the incident, there were nine children and four caretakers at the centre.
“Our department has reached out to the family and offered them counselling services. However, they told us that they need time and we respect their request,” she added.