CHAPTER 180
DAY CARE CENTRES ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF DAY CARE CENTRES

   3.   Registrar of day care centres.

   4.   Prohibition on establishment of day care centre.

   5.   Qualifications for registration of premises.

   6.   Application for registration.

   7.   Restriction on persons managing centres.

   8.   Registration of owners of centres.

PART III
ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS

   9.   Register maintained by Registrar.

   10.   Inspection and search.

   11.   Power to cancel registration.

   12.   Power to regulate charges.

   13.   Appeals.

   14.   Provisions on staff of centres.

   15.   Exemptions.

PART IV
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   16.   Offences.

   17.   Regulations.

   18.   [Transitional provisions.]

CHAPTER 180
THE DAY CARE CENTRES ACT

An Act to provide for regulation of the establishment of day care centres.

[1st July, 1981]
[G.N. No. 70 of 1981]

Act No. 17 of 1981

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

    This Act may be cited as the Day Care Centres Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "child" means a person of the age of between two and six years;

   "day care centre" means any premises, other than an approved school, a children's home or a nursery school, where fifteen or more children are received to be cared for and maintained during day time in the absence of their parents or guardians;

   "health officer" means a public officer for the time being employed as and performing the duties of a health officer;

   "local authority" means a City Council, a Municipal Council, a Town Council or Village Council established or deemed to have been established under the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act * or a District Development Council established under the Decentralisation of Government Administration (Interim Provisions) Act *;

   "Minister" means the Minster responsible for social welfare;

   "proper organisation" includes a parastatal organisation, a voluntary agency a religious organisation, a co-operative society and any mass organisation established under the Party;

   "Registrar" means the Registrar of day care centres appointed under section 3.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF DAY CARE CENTRES (ss 3-8)

3.   Registrar of day care centres

   (1) The Commissioner for Social Welfare is hereby appointed to be the Registrar of Day Care Centres, and shall perform the functions of the Registrar specified in this Act or any other written law.

   (2) Every Regional Welfare Officer shall be an Assistant Registrar of Day Care Centres and shall, subject to this Act and to the directions of the Registrar, perform the functions of the Registrar in the region for which he is the Regional Welfare Officer.

4.   Prohibition on establishment of day care centre

   (1) No person shall, in any premises, carry on or permit the carrying on of a day care centre unless those premises are registered in accordance with section 6.

   (2) The registration of any premises under section 6 shall cease to have effect upon the expiration of thirty days from the date of any change in the ownership or management of the day care centre carried on there.

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