The cabinet on Monday endorsed the draft of Child Day Care Centre Bill 2020 for bringing day-care centres across the country under a legal framework.
The women and children affairs ministry placed the draft bill in the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the secretariat.
‘Any organisation or individual willing to run child day-care centres would require licences once the proposed bill is enacted,’ cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a press briefing after the meeting.
He said, ‘The move has been initiated to ensure security and other standard services at these facilities for the children.’
He said that the demand of day-care centres was growing as joint families were breaking up and the number of working mothers was increasing.
He said that at present there was no law to regulate such facilities.
The draft categorises four types of day-care centres to be run by the government and autonomous or semi-government organisations for free while non-government organisations and in dividuals could run them commercially.
A day-care centre would be fined Tk 50,000 for operating without registration and the fine would be Tk 10 lakh in case of failing to ensure safety of a child at the day-care centre, said the cabinet secretary
He said that centres would be fined Tk 25,000 for providing false information.
He said that the business agencies would be able to operate day-care centres for free with their corporate social responsibility funds.
Anwarul said that a rule would be framed detailing service standards, including issues on nutrition, health, security and safety, treatment, entertainment, education and management of the day-care centres.
The draft proposes breast feeding corners in all day-care centres and necessary initiatives to take care of the autistic and physically-challenged children.
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