Day-Care Centres: Halt Deviant Practices

The Minister of Women’s Empowerment has called on proprietors to respect the norms governing the sector.

Nowadays it is common to see buildings in the society on which is written “Créches et Haltes-Garderies meaning Day- Care Centres and Childminding Service.” These establishments which offer paid day-care services to preschool children, while enabling their parents to work full time or have extended relief if child care is a problem are now under major scrutiny by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family due to certain deviant practices.

Through a communiqué, signed on September 13, 2018, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Abena Ondoa née Obama Marie Thérése has called on parents to be vigilant and on daycare promoters to respect Prime Ministerial decree No 2017/0039/PM of 17 January fixing the modalities for the opening, organization and operation of day-care centres in the country.

Minister Marie Thérése Abena Ondoa, in her communiqué, clearly underlined that all daycare centres according to the law are supposed to provide daycare to infants and preschoolers when parents are at work. But tours to some day-care centres over the weekend in Yaounde proved the contrary.

At a daycare centre around the Dakar and Nsimeyong neighbourhoods in Yaounde, proprietors revealed that their services go beyond the day and include sleep-overs depending on what parents want. Such is a slogan from a day-care promoter: “Parents, who might be away from home throughout the night, are welcome to drop their children at our centre for sleep-over”.

Marie Thérèse Abena has also frowned at the fact that some of the operators of day-care centres have transformed their establishments into primary and nursery schools. This is very vivid at the Mvogt neighbourhood in Yaounde, where the director of one of such structures has posted a notice board informing parents to know that the day-care centre is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as well as admission into the nursery section of her structure.

Although the premise of the day-care centre does not permit the creation of a nursery school, the promoter of the structure claimed she has an authorisation to do so.

The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family has underscored that these structures cannot, under any circumstances, be transformed into nu schools whose conditions o tion, opening and function der the competence of th nistry of Basic Education tour to some day-care ce in Yaounde showed that nto nursery ditions of creaunction is unce of the Miducation.

The -care centres ed that each owner has his/her own way of functioning, irrespective of the laws governing the sector. As such, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family has signaled the closure of such structures without prior notice.

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