The first group of Early Childhood/Day Care centres was officially licensed by the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) in East Berbice-Corentyne on Monday, a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) said yesterday.
The 20 licensed facilities, located between Skeldon and East Bank
Berbice are among some thirty-seven within the region. Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally urged the remaining seventeen centres to register to receive accreditation.
Speaking to the licensed childcare representatives, DPI said that Ally urged the maintenance of high standards, and delivery of safe and developmentally appropriate services.
DPI said that the Ministry of Social Protection has been working to ensure that there is adequate documentation for Early Childhood/Day Care centres, and training for personnel. Based on reports from the CPA, over 200 centres have been registered, and 53 licensed, DPI said.
Daycare owners and early childcare providers must satisfy the criteria outlined by the Guyana Fire Service, and the Buildings and Public Health Unit of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council before they are certified.