Aug 16, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe has focused on introducing national guidelines and minimum standards for child development centers in Sri Lanka.
The related cabinet paper has been submitted by the President to the cabinet and it has received the cabinet’s approval.
Guidelines and policies developed at the provincial level for child development centers are already being implemented to provide quality services for future children. But there was a lack of nationally recognized guidance, President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
This national guideline presented by the National Child Protection Authority is planned to be implemented covering all child development centers across the country.
Steps have been taken to introduce these national guidelines and minimum standards under the supervision and guidance of relevant experts representing all stakeholders related to the childcare sector.
The initial draft of National Guidelines and Minimum Standards for Child Development Centers was initiated in 2013. It was started by studying the minimum standards that exist at the international level and since then, these guidelines and standards have been prepared by incorporating the issues of child development, law, health, and child protection in a number of stages.
These national guidelines and standards have been prepared with the contribution of experts in the field as well as officers and staff working in child development centers.
Six main areas related to childcare are covered under the National Code of Guidelines and Standards.
Establishment and Registration of Child Development Centers, Child Development Center Staff, Institutionalization and Reintegration of Children, Standards for physical environment and safety, Child health and welfare and complaints handling, and Inspection and monitoring of centers will be considered according to the standards.