Is your child’s daycare centre legal?

By Drum Digital
27 June 2014

Have you ever wondered if your child’s daycare centre meets the legal requirements? Here are some tips from our experts.

Have you ever wondered if your child’s daycare centre meets the legal requirements? Read here  about a daycare centre in Texas, America, where children were tied to their sleeping mats with masking tape. When this practise became public knowledge parents around the world started wondering what goes on at their children’s daycare centres.

According to the Children’s Act (No 41 of 2007) any centre where six or more children are cared for must be registered with the department of social development.

The owner of a daycare centre must make the application and the requirements include, among others, a visit by the health department. Also that the staff working in the centre must have completed at least a level one course in first aid.

What should parents do if they suspect their children’s daycare centre isn’t registered?

Ask for proof of registration

You can ask for a copy of the centre’s registration certificate. The certificate should be displayed where it’s visible. If it’s not visible don’t hesitate to ask the head or owner to show you the registration certificate.

Report it

If you suspect something is wrong you can report the daycare centre to your provincial office of the department of social development.

Click here for contact details for the department of social development in each of the provinces.

Do your homework before enrolling your child in a daycare centre. Click here  for advice on choosing the best centre for your child.

-Shané Barnard

Sources: parent24.com, www.westerncape.gov.za, www.services.gov.za, pretoria-south-africa.com, the department of social development

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