Kindy operators welcome reopening of childcare centres, hope theirs will be next
MIRI: Kindergarten operators are hopeful that they would soon be given the green light to reopen following the government’s decision yesterday to allow nurseries and childcare centres to do so.
Taska Cergas Gemilang and Tadika Gemilang headmistress Chai Kim Kui said the move to allow taskas (childcare centres) to reopen under a strict standard operating procedure (SOP) is an indication that the Covid-19 situation in the country has stabilised.
However, she felt that even with the decision to reopen childcare centres, some parents would still be hesitant for their children to return due to lingering fears over the virus.
“I think some parents are still not ready to send their kids off yet because of the fear of the virus. But the others (parents) have said they are confident because of the actions we have taken so far, and they are not worried,” she said when contacted yesterday.
Lau said her kindergarten has been conducting online lessons over the past three months while also maintaining all of their staff with full pay despite waiving fees for April and May.
“We will waive our fees for June too if we still can’t reopen this month. It is definitely a challenging time for all of us, but we need to help each other out especially as this pandemic has affected everyone,” she said.