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Babysitter Adibah Nor Mokles, 32, conducting reading activities with her charges during the launch of the Frontliners’ Children Childcare Centre at the Selangor State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam, on February 18, 2022. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

Ministry to mandate nurseries contact parents of absent children

KUCHING, Nov 13 — The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will make it compulsory for nursery operators to contact parents if their child is absent to prevent accidental deaths of children left in cars.

Its minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the standard operating procedures (SOP) regarding the matter need to be updated following recent cases of parents forgetting to drop off their children at daycare facilities.

“If parents cannot be reached, nurseries should have an (additional) emergency contact number to allow them to get in touch with other family members.

“However, there are certain things I cannot do because it falls under a different ministry. For example, the public called for no more tinted windows. That is not under my jurisdiction and I can only attend to matters under my ministry’s purview,” she told reporters after the Sarawak Media Night event, here, yesterday.

Nancy stressed that enforcing SOPs can, at the very least, reduce the duration children are left in cars, thereby minimising the risk of death compared to extended periods of seven to eight hours.

She added that three cases of child death in cars have been reported since October.

— Bernama

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