The grading initiative for childcare centres and the establishment of the centres with standard and are of high quality in the country, can be realised and made a success with cooperation from the Community Development Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Health as well as other stakeholder agencies. Awang Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health explained the matter during the launch and hand over of the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines For Childcare Centres in Brunei Darussalam.
Awang Haji Abdul Manap added, the grading measure will encourage childcare centres to be competitive in providing the best services which are of quality that can attract customers and therefore, produce a conducive environment for child development. At the same time, the grading measure will create trust amongst parents or guardians, and provide them with the best choices of childcare centres for their children.
The National Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines For Childcare Centres in Brunei Darussalam was published in collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports under the consensus of 'Cross Functional Team : Giving Child the Best Start in Life and Multisectoral Taskforce for Health 2017' meeting.
During the event, the guideline books were handed over to Datin Paduka Doctor Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary for Policy and Strategic Management at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, who later presented the books to childcare centres owners and entrepreneurs in the country. The guidelines book is published according to the criteria set on Early Childhood Care, Development and Education Quality Standards. Through the guidelines, a committee comprising various departments from both ministries has been established to emphasise vital information on health through healthy nutrition as well as carrying out physical activities.
Source: Radio Television Brunei