KUALA LUMPUR: The government is examining the amendment of the law to register all childminders with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community, said Datuk Seri. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The minister responded to the case of a four-month-old baby who is in a critical condition in a hospital in Seremban after a brain haemorrhage under the care of a babysitter.
Dr. Wan Azizah said that a task force will be set up under the Ministry, which is also setting up a register for childminders.
She said that all childminders in the country must be registered to ensure that they did not have criminal records.
The ministry is also looking to improve childcare in general in the country, in addition to addressing the gaps in the law.
"The report (we received) said that the childminder had no training from the ministry.
"This is one of the loopholes in the law, that it is not mandatory for those who care for less than four children to receive training from the ministry.
"Now we have to tighten up the laws," she said during the Aidiladha animal sacrifice program in the Nurul Hidayah mosque here on Saturday (25 August).
Dr. Wan Azizah said that the Government of Selangor already offers basic training for childcare.
She also urged parents to choose host parents who are qualified and registered with the ministry.
In the recent Seremban case, the boy's mother rushed him to the hospital after the babysitter told her that her son had lost consciousness.