13th July, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: Only 1,494 child care centres are registered with the Welfare Department of Malaysia, throughout the country until June this year, the Dewan Negara was told.
Deputy Women’s, Family and Community Development minister Senator Heng Seai Kie said the ministry was always enhancing procedures and the system plus introduce various incentives to encourage registration of child care centres throughout the country.
“Among initiatives introduced to ease the registration of child care centres was to set up guidelines for suitable locations, licensing and streamlining the process of registration for child care centres and kindergartens nationwide,” she said when answering a question from Senator Pau Chiong Ung in Dewan Negara, yesterday.
Heng said the ministry had also set up an online portal – eZI2CARE – to ease the registration process to attend child care courses.
She said the ministry had received 52 complaints and enquiries about day care centres and kindergartens from January to May this year.
When answering an additional question from Senator Chew Lee Geok who wanted to know what action would be taken against unregistered child care centres, Heng said though such action does not fall under the ministry’s jurisdiction, action can be taken against any child care centre where abuse cases or deaths have occurred or reported.