“Daycare centres must register with Social Welfare Department”

The Tema Office of the Social Welfare Department has urged operators of Daycare Centres in the Metropolis to adhere to requirements of registering with the Department.

Mr George De-graft Assan, Tema Metropolitan Director of Social Welfare, told the Ghana News Agency that currently 69 Daycare Centres were operating in the Metropolis without registration and may be forced to close down.

According to him, a total of 144 Daycare Centres had duly registered and were operating under categories A, B, and C certificates depending on their facilities.

He indicated that a certificate which is renewed annually is issued to Daycare Centres after satisfactory reports by the Social Welfare Officials, who undertook inspections at the Centres.

He explained that some requirements his outfit looked out for include classroom space, toilet facility, ventilation, school furniture, playing ground, qualification of staff, food given to children, and first aid box, among others.

Mr Assan said when officials were not satisfied with the facilities, they advised the operators on what to do after which a renewal certificate was issued.

On the number of cases the Department handled at the Family Tribunal in 2013, he stated that a total of 1,111 reports comprising 918 old cases and 193 new cases were sent to the Tribunal by his outfit.

Out of the 1,111, those settled were 59, while eight were sent to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (ADR).

He added that 821 of the cases were maintenance issues, while 101 dealt with welfare. The rest were 100 for custody, 29 for defilement, 23 for paternity and two for stealing. GNA

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