Saturday 28 March, 2020

Deadline for private daycare centre registration soon

Outdoor equipment at a nursery. (FILE)

Outdoor equipment at a nursery. (FILE)

Just as private daycare operators are being put on notice, parents and guardians of babies and toddlers are being reminded to not only ask about nursery registration but to ensure that it is up-to-date.

The Child Care Board (CCB) issued a notice about the upcoming deadline for registration.

CCB is urging all operators of private daycare centres to register, or renew their licences by January 31, 2018.  This notice also applies to owners of family day care centres, who are classified as persons providing daily care for three or more children (other than their own) in their homes.

Registration is an annual process which must be completed by January 31 of each year. Failure to do so may result in closure of the daycare centre, or a penalty, which is a fine of $500 and/or six months’ imprisonment.

Applications for the renewal of licences must be accompanied by a Certificate of Inspection from the Fire Department, a Certificate of Inspection and an appropriate Food Licence issued by the Ministry of Health, current medical certificates for all staff, current Food Handler Certificates for all persons dealing with food, Certificates of Character from the Royal Barbados Police Force for all staff, and an application fee of $50.00.

Persons applying for the first time must have the above documents, as well as a Certificate of Registration of the business from Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office, and a proposed programme of activities for their establishment.

Any changes to original applications, transfers or relocations, must be reported in writing, to the Director of the Child Care Board, Fred Edghill Building, Cheapside, St. Michael, as inspections must be carried out before permission can be granted.

Owners or representatives of registered centres are also reminded that they must visibly display their certificates from the regulatory agencies at all times, as well as submit their monthly statistics to the Child Care Board at the end of each month and attend all quarterly meetings hosted by the Board.

For further information regarding the registration of child care centres, persons should call the Child Care Board at 535-2800.

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