In order to operate a Day-Care Centre for School-Age 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.
The term "Day-Care Centre for School-Age Children" refers to any premises within which care, protection and education is provided to more than two children, of up to eighteen years old, at any time during the day.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to register a Day-Care Centre for School-Age 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 School-Age 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 School-Age Children are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Day-Care Centres for School-Age Children Law, and relevant Regulations, as periodically amended, and specifically, among others, to ensure that the requirements regarding the following are met: