Childcare centre receives grant from government

Fatimah (second right) handing over the government grant to Jenny (right) while from left Sarawak Social Welfare Department Director Noriah Ahmad and Early Childhood Development Division Head Salina Bujang look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry today presented a grant of RM5,000 to Kindycare Childcare Centre.

Its minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah handed over the grant to Jenny Chang Siew Fung, the operator of the centre.

The grant which is an initiative of the state government is for registered early childhood education institutions throughout Sarawak.

“It can be used for providing balanced meals for the children, purchasing of hand sanitisers, fun learning, and even to pay the salaries of the teachers when the need arises.

“We hope that with this grant, the children will be able to eat healthy food which is very important in the process of growing up,” said Fatimah.

She reassured the public that they do not have to worry about the status of the centre.

Fatimah said that Kindycare Child Care Centre has been given its registration certificate in the form of a plaque to prove it has obtained the permission to operate legally.

“The Fire Department, Health Department, Welfare Department and Land and Survey Department have to ensure that all criteria are met and complied with. The training and the health of the teachers are also being taken into consideration before the registration certificate can be issued,” she said.

Fatimah then added that although this was a trying time due to Covid-19, she admired the perseverance of the teachers and operators of childcare centres. She was thankful for the support systems for working parents including frontliners.

She said that parents needed qualified people to provide quality care for their children.

Kindycare Child Care Centre is the 15th centre to register with the ministry since the beginning of this year.

It operates from 8am to 5pm and currently has 34 children under eight caregivers and one teacher helper.