KHDA to Monitor Quality of Nurseries, Care Centres for Kids

DUBAI — Nurseries and day care centres are the next in line to come under the scrutiny of education authorities in the emirate.

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Published: Fri 28 Aug 2009, 11:07 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:24 AM

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) will be monitoring the quality of nurseries and day care centres in Dubai to ensure children are receiving the care and education in accordance to international standards.

“More advanced evaluation systems are being worked out and it will be announced,” said Mohammed Darwish, KHDA’s chief of Licensing and Customer Relations, told Khaleej Times. More than 60 nurseries that are governed by the Ministry of Social Affairs, will now be inspected and graded by the education authority.

In June, the Ministry of Social Affairs said it was drawing up new criteria for the standards of nurseries in the country.

The criteria will range from the quality of care and education to buildings and health and safety standards.

“We have regular checks by the Ministry of Social Affairs and comply with their requirements. We have been told that KHDA will also be regulating us and this is necessary. There should be guidelines that we can strive for. Ultimately all nurseries should keep the children safe and happy and an evaluation will be beneficial,” said Lisa Fernandes, head teacher at Jumeirah International Nursery School.

Dyllis A, manager at the Bright Morning Nursery in Dubai said the parameters of quality should be appropriate to the system that is followed.

“At the last meeting with the Ministry of Social Affairs, we were told that the education authority will be inspecting and grading us. It depends on what the inspectors are looking for and that it could make it hard for us. But at the same time it will give us a boost to improve if needed,” she said.

The KHDA announced last week that education providers need an Education Service Permit to operate in Dubai.

The permit will be awarded to those establishments that comply with the authorities specifications and determined by monitoring and quality control.

No educational institution can be given an education licence a KHDA approval.

All education providers must hold an Educational Services Permit.

Exclusion will hold for those that do not meet the KHDA scope, guidelines and standards,” said Darwish.

By next year all education institutes will have a permit that will display their grades.

The permit will hold for one year but Darwish said the KHDA may extend the renewal date for some educational institutions in the future based on certain criteria.

“KHDA will work closely with the educational institutions to overcome any obstacles in order for them to meet the Authority’s standards and guidelines,” he said.

afshan@khaleejtimes.ae



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