In order to operate a Day-Care Centre for Pre-School Children in the Republic of Cyprus, natural or legal persons need to obtain a Registration Certificate by the Director of Social Welfare Services of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.
Any person wishing to take care of children should apply to the Director of Social Welfare Services for registration, thereupon and on receipt of such an application, the Director, subject to the provisions of Children Law 1956 (chapter 352, section 28) registers the premises, where children are received to be looked after for the day or a substantial part of the day or for any longer period not exceeding six days.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to register a Day-Care Centre for Pre-School Children, provided that the Social Welfare Services is satisfied that the following criteria are met:
On site inspection of the Day Care Centre's premises is carried out by authorised persons of the Director of Social Welfare Services in order to ensure that all the prerequisites are met.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within four months from the date that the application form and supporting documents have been dully submitted. The authorisation shall not be deemed to have been granted if the Social Welfare Services has not replied within the period specified.
The Certificate of Registration of a Day-Care Centre for Pre-School Children is valid infinitively, subject to the annual renewal of the Certificate of Eligibility by the Department of Fire Safety, the Public Health Services, and the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Services, the Health Certificates and the Certificates of Clear Criminal Record for each staff member. Please note that the Certificate of Eligibility from the Public Works Department should be renewed only when necessary.
Obligations and Supervision
Registered Day-Care Centres for Pre-School Children are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Children's Law, and relevant Regulations, as periodically amended, and specifically, among others, to ensure that the requirements regarding the following are met: