Centres for child care, people with different abilities resume operations with guidelines

Wani Roslan

Child care centres and centres for people with different abilities resumed operations yesterday after remaining closed since March following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam (Centre for Special Needs People) in Kampong Bengkurong welcomed its students aged five to 16 for a face-to-face learning session, yesterday.

Executive and Operational Trustee of Pusat Ehsan Pengiran Datin Hajah Noraini binti Pengiran Dipa Negara Laila Diraja Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin said, “We set up our own standard operating procedure (SOP). The centre is looking into the students’ education and rehabilitation including physiotherapies, occupational therapies, and language and communication therapies.”

Pusat Ehsan has 265 registered special students and only 30 per cent are able to attend the classes depending on health and risk level according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) guidelines.

Pengiran Datin Noraini said the centre is only open for children who do not have health problems such as respiratory system, cold and cough-free.

“Parents are only allowed to drop off their children. Staff will bring the children to classes. Face-to-face lessons will only be held for an hour and 30 minutes, and others will have to continue with online lessons,” she added.

“We insist that our students bring their own hygiene pack and own food.”

She added that parents are happy to be able to send their children to the centre. Member of the Board of Trustees of Pusat Ehsan Pengiran Sarimah binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Latiff said, “The children’s temperature is taken before entering the centre and they need to use hand sanitisers. Teachers will clean the room in preparation for the next lesson.”

Some centres for people with different abilities and child care are still closed. Others informed that the processes are still on-going and are waiting for the MCYS approval.

Students and teachers at a class. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR