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THE EARLY CHILDHOOD ACT
(Act of 2005)

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1. 2.

Short title and commencement Interpretation. Registration

3.

Registration of early childhood institutions. Application for registration. Permit to operate institution prior to registration. Refusal of registration. Register of early childhood institutions to be kept. Records of early childhood institution to be kept.

4. 5.

6. 7.

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9.

Complaints procedure.

10. Suspension and cancellation of registration. 11. Notice of suspension etc., of registration. 12. Appeal. 13. Cancellation of permit. 14. Investigations.

Operation and Inspection of Early Childhood Institutions
15. Qualifications of operator and employees.

16. Prohibition of corporal punishment and restraint of child. 17. Storage of toxic substances, etc.

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18. Assignment of officers and powers of entry and inspection. 19. Obligation of staff to co-operate. 20. Penalty for obstruction. 21. Health inspection. 22. Order of closure of early childhood institutions. General 23. Regulations. 24. Offences. 25. Penalty where no express penalty. 26. Registration of existing early childhood institutions.

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A BILL ENTITLED

AN ACT to Provide for the Regulation and Management of early childhood institutions and for other connected matters.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Representatives of Jamaica, and by the authority of the same, as follows:Short title and commencement. Interpretation. 1. This Act may be cited as the Early Childhood Act, 2005, and shall

come into operation on a day to be appointed by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette. 2. In this Act – “basic school” means a school that offers a course of educational training for students under the age of six years; “Commission” means the Early Childhood Commission established under section 3 of the Early Childhood Commission Act; “day care centre” means any premises used for the provision of nonresidential day care service to more than four children up to six years of age for at least six hours per day and at least four days per week; “early childhood institution” means a setting that provides developmentally appropriate care, stimulation, education and socialization, for children under the age of six years, including day care centres and basic schools; “inspector” means a person assigned by the prescribed authority pursuant to section 18; “prescribed authority” means the Early Childhood Unit of the Ministry

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responsible for education, or such other entity as the Minister may designate in writing. Registration Registration of early childhood institutions. 3. - (1) No person shall operate an early childhood institution unless that institution is registered under this Act. (2) Every application for registration under this section shall be submitted in accordance with section 4. (3) The Commission shall register an early childhood institution if

in relation to an application the Commission is satisfied, based upon the written report of the prescribed authority, that – (a) (b) the applicant is eighteen years of age or over; the applicant is a fit and proper person to operate an early childhood institution; (c) where the applicant is an individual, the applicant has not been convicted of an offence under the Dangerous Drugs Act, the Offences Against the Person Act or the Child Care and Protection Act, or an offence involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude; (d) where the applicant is a company, none of its directors or in the case of another body of persons, none of its members, has been convicted of an offence mentioned in paragraph (c); (e) a person to be employed by the applicant in the operation of the institution has not been convicted of an offence mentioned in paragraph (c); (f) the applicant or a person to be employed by the applicant in the operation of the institution is not, by...
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