New Child-Care Facility By-law ‘Gazetted’

2015-12-09 06:00

ETHEKWINI Municipality is passionate about improving the lives of residents including the youth. The recent Gazetting­ of the Child-Care Facilities By-Law will ensure that children left in the care of crèches and day-care centres will be adequately cared for in hygienic, safe and clean conditions.
The by-law, which is expected to come into effect early next year, aims to ensure that operators of child-care facilities are certified to so that they are age-appropriate and suitable for the well-being of children by imposing minimum safety standards.
The by-law states that a child-care facility cannot operate unless a health compliance certificate has been issued where the facility cares for six or fewer children. Facilities that have more than seven children have to be registered in terms of the Children’s Act.
Application for a health compliance certificate must be made to the municipality in writing by completing and submitting an application form.
The by-law also seeks to impose record-keeping and other administrative requirements on operators as well as to prohibit certain conduct and to allow for the withdrawal of the compliance certificate.
Existing child-care facilities can be granted an extension between nine months to a year in order to comply with this by-law. A compliance certificate will only be issued if the official is satisfied that the premises and services available comply with the by-law.
Every health compliance certificate must contain the maximum number of children which can be cared for on the premises, their ages, the hours the facility operates and the date the health compliance certificate expires.
The certificate must be displayed in a visible position on the premises.
The certificate is not transferable and becomes invalid if the certificate holder dies or ceases to operate the facility. If the operator changes premises they have to reapply for another health compliance certificate for the new premises.
For the full compliance regulations visit Fever­’s Facebook page.

A person found guilty of an offence under this by-law can be fined between R500 and R3 000 depending on the offence committed. The fine for operating a facility without the required health compliance certificate is R2 500 while not displaying the certificate is R1 500.
The municipality may in its discretion withdraw a health compliance certificate where applicable­.
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