883 home-based childcare centres have resumed ops, says minister

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  • Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020

SEPANG (Bernama): A total of 883 home-based childcare centres registered with the Social Welfare Department have resumed operations, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun.

She said out of the total, 387 daycare centres were inspected by the ministry and found to be in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs).

One of the SOPs set is that every child placed at the centre by the parents should be in good health, she said.

"Thus far, the inspections also found that compliance measures have been implemented at the premises, ” she told reporters after visiting Taska Afiqah Amniyah in Taman Arked here Tuesday (June 16).

Rina said those who lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and interested in getting involved in childcare or as an entrepreneur were encouraged to attend early childhood care and education courses.

The government, through the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana), approved an incentive of RM900 for each participant of early childhood care and education courses, and those interested could apply via the ministry’s website, she said.

The course is open to all Malaysian citizens, aged 18 and above, who have a keen interest in childcare. – Bernama

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