By Zaki Salleh
IPOH: All nursery premises registered under the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) are required to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) as a measure to prevent cases of neglect.
This includes avoiding unwanted things such as child abuse and neglect.
Caregivers or nursery workers also need to attend a Basic Child Care Course conducted by an agency recognized by the National Accreditation Board.
The chairman of the Women, Family, Welfare and Children Development Committee, Salbiah Mohamed said that issues related to children are always given her attention.
She said that the state government through the Department of Social Welfare is always increasing its efforts to ensure that childcare centres comply with the regulations.
“Enforcement actions can be imposed if there is non-compliance with the provisions in the Act and JKM.
“This also ensures that the nursery registration status is always updated in the JKM portal as a reference and makes it easier for parents to ensure that their child is sent to a registered nursery.
“However, this matter is not subject to nurseries that operate at home,” she said, when answering a question Norhaslinda Zakaria (PN-Pangkor) at the Perak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Session, who asked about the role of the state government in ensuring that each child care centre complies with the set rules.
Salbiah said, regarding any operator who violates or fails to comply with any provision of the Child Care Park Act 1984 and the Child Care Park Regulations 2012, “In that regard, we are collaborating with the Perak State Nursery Association in an effort to ensure that nurseries always comply with the regulations set.
“Other than that, all the instructions and regulations issued from time to time can also be communicated to the nursery operators,” she said.