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:
- the person in charge of the Centre possess the appropriate qualifications as may be specified by the Director;
- sufficient and qualified staff is to be employed in order to ensure the best possible care of children;
- the suitability of the premises with the appropriate health conditions, location, fire safety, construction, layout, maintenance, general conditions, and equipment;
- the suitability of services and facilitations to be offered at the Centre.
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:
- staff Members’ Qualifications;
- premises and equipment;
- records that need to be kept;
- child – staff ratio;
- child – space ratio;
- the Certificate of Registration is posted in a conspicuous place of the establishment.
Any person authorized by the Director of the Social Welfare Services may at all reasonable times enter any premises which are used for childcare and may inspect the premises, the children looked after, their welfare arrangements as well as any records relating to them.