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BANGI (Bernama): A special committee has been set up to look into possible improvements to the Child Care Centre Act 1984 (Act 308) relating to home-based babysitters, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
KUALA LUMPUR: LYC Healthcare Bhd is setting up the group's third mother and child care centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.
The Act (including the regulations issued under it) and the policies of the Department of Social Welfare have specific requirements outlining the minimum standard of care at childcare centres.
It's a familiar dilemma: Finding someone to mind the baby when the parents are at work. The solution for thousands of affected families: the so-called 'babysitter'. The result? A burgeoning industry comprising mostly unlicensed and untrained child-minders and day care centres. It's a situation that Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil finds highly unsatisfactory and she tells DAPHNE LEE how she plans to tackle the problem.