The Department of Social Welfare announced the change today.
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The Department of Social Welfare (JKM) has announced that Childcare Centers and Day-care Centers are allowed to reopen, with conditions, under the current conditional movement control order (CMCO) implemented in most of Penisular Malaysia.
In a circular released today, JKM announced that it has decided to allow these centres to reopen after a census held on 23 to 25 October found that fully-operational Childcare and Daycare were needed for parents that needed to go out to work.
In this regard, the Department has decided that Childcare and Day-care centres that take care of the children or family members of frontliners and parents who need to go out to work during this period are allowed to operate, with conditions.Department of Social Welfare
The Department listed four conditions that need to be met before these centres are allowed to open:
- The Childcare/Day-care centre must have a valid JKM registration
- The Childcare/Day-care centre must be constantly adhering to standard operating procedures (SOP) of the Recovery MCO, that is the Post-MCO Covid-19 Transmission Prevention Guidelines for the Safety of TASKA Staff and the Social Care Sector of the Care Center, issued by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
- The Childcare/Day-care centre must obtain permission from the State Director of Social Welfare using a specific form from JKM
- The Childcare/Day-care centre must have confirmation letters from the parent’s employer stating the need to work at the office
The Department also stated that this permission to operate during the CMCO period is in line with the enforcement of the Infectious Disease Prevention Act (Act 342), adding that the permission becomes void if an updated order is issued from any relevant authority.
Earlier, JKM had ordered for all Childcare and Day-care centres nationwide to close after CMCO was implemented throughout the peninsular, except for Perlis, Kelantan, and Pahang from 9 November.
Only centres taking care of children of frontliners and parents working with permission from relevant Ministries.
This was to ensure the safety of children and senior citizens who are at high risk of being infected with Covid-19.
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