All childcare centres must register with Welfare Department

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on September 17, 2013, Tuesday

Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim

KUCHING: Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim has called on all childcare centres to register with its Welfare Department.

She said this is to enable the ministry to monitor the standard operating procedures (SOP) of every childcare centre while giving in-depth training including on basic first aid to the caretakers as the ministry had introduced a new comprehensive module for the training of caretakers.

The Batang Lupar MP added that her ministry, under its childcare centre registration programme, aimed to increase the number of childcare centres registered with the Welfare Department from the existing 644 to 900 by year-end as part of its Key Performance Index for this year.

Apart from training, she said newly registered childcare centres will also be given incentives.

“We will not penalise any childcare centre that comes forward to us for registration. This is for the best for all parties as we put high priority on child safety. Our main worry is that unregistered childcare centres might not possess adequately trained baby sitters.

“We will not compromise with any childcare centre and caretakers who do not meet the SOP. Actions will be taken against those who violate the procedures,” Rohani told reporters when met at the float procession held in conjunction with Sarawak’s 50th anniversary of independence within Malaysia at the Waterfront here.

Estimating that there were thousands of childcare centres in the country, she said the registration exercise will
include childcare centres operated by NGOs or those privately owned.

“It is safer to send children to registered centres as the operators not only have trained caretakers but also follow our SOP such as how to care for babies or children under four years old,” she pointed out.

In light of the Nur Sofea Insyirah case, Rohani also urged all parents to send their children only to trained babysitters and registered childcare centres to avoid the same fate from happening to their children. She also advised parents to check on their children when picking them up from the centres.

She added that her ministry will carry out constant checks on childcare centres and their caretakers to ensure that they abide by the ministry’s guideline and SOP.

Nur Sofea was a six-month-old baby who passed away on Sunday and is believed to be a victim of abuse.

She was warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Tengku Ampuan Rahimah hospital in Klang on Tuesday.

Her father found her unconscious after picking her up at the babysitter’s house on Monday and immediately rushed her to Pantai Hospital Klang from where she was sent to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah hospital.

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