Ekiti govt moves to standardize early child care centres

As part of effort towards eradicating all forms of impediments to
Child Right implementation in the state, Ekiti State Ministry of Women
and Social Development has organized a sensitization meeting on
identification and monitoring of Day Care Centres with the Directors
of Community Development and Child Programme Officers in the 16 local
Government across the state.
In her remarks at the forum, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and
Social Development, Mrs. Mojisola Fafure, lamented the condition
under which some owners of Child Care Centres in the state operate,
describing it as eyesore and quite pathetic.
She therefore charged the participants to put all hands on deck to
ensure that operators of Day Care in their local government area
register with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development for
proper identification and monitoring.
She emphasized that operators who fail to upgrade to standard required
and comply with the rules and regulations of operating Day Care
Centres in the state will have to face the full wrath of the law by
paying five thousand naira (#5,000.00) or 3 months imprisonment.
One of the facilitators, Barrister Yetunde Kolawole, while delivering
her lecture stated that, childhood occurs once in life time and that
children need to be put in the care of good minders and good Day Care
Centre where they can be nurtured for better future.
She enjoined all day care operators to comply with the State Child
Right Law and highlighted the various law guiding children under
minders and day care operators which includes; Registrations,
investigating the applicant’s character, inspecting the environment
and proper monitoring.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social
Development, Dr (Mrs.) Eunice Oladimeji who was represented by the
Director of Child in the Ministry, Mrs. Omotayo Olatilu charged all
minders and day care operators to start registering with the Ministry
of Women Affairs, reiterating that non-compliance will attract serious
penalty.
One of the participants, Mr Oluyomi Akinyede thanked the present
administration for the laudable programme and assured that the Program
Officers would expedite action on how to get the day care operators
registered.

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