PETALING JAYA: The standard operating procedure (SOP) for the reopening of daycare centres (taska) comes with new rules for parents such as designated drop-off times and stricter child hygiene.
Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia president Anisa Ahmad said parents must cooperate fully to ensure the that new SOP, which has given parents a bigger role, is adhered to.
“We need parents to cooperate because for example, the new SOP has made it mandatory for children to be given a bath at home before being dropped off at the taska.
“When under the parents’ care, they must also ensure that their children wash their hands with soap and water frequently, and also ensure that they are completely healthy.“Parents must also drop off their children at a designated time discussed with the operators so that not all the kids arrive at the same time, ” she said when contacted yesterday.The SOP by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry suggested that the children
be dropped off within a span of five to 10 minutes, with not more than five children at one time.
“Before a taska reopens, parents will be given briefings by the operators on their roles and what the new SOP entails, ” said Anisa.
The new SOP, which stresses on social distancing, means that the number of children allowed on the premises would be halved. Where previously it could take 40 children, now only 20 would be allowed in at one time, she added.
“Due to the limit, we prioritise families whose parents must both go to work or are frontliners.
“Taska operators must check each child’s temperature before they enter the premises. Any child showing symptoms such as fever, flu or cough will not be allowed in, ” said Anisa.The SOP also noted that children below two years of age and those unable to take off masks themselves should not be wearing masks.
Due to this, Anisa said operators were looking into having these children wear face shields instead.
Tables must also be arranged one metre apart, while group activities and activities that require touching should be avoided.
Activities that require zero touching such as solo reading, singing, dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, watching videos and games such as bingo or memory tests are encouraged.During meal times, tables must be arranged at least one metre apart. Individually packed meals are encouraged, while sharing of utensils is prohibited.
Social distancing will also apply for nap time, while nappy changes and baths must be done individually.All 7,000 taska in the country were allowed to start operating immediately as of Tuesday. Prior to that, only 304 nurseries could operate.
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