DOHA: The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is preparing to start conducting checks on nurseries and crèches in the country from the middle of next month.
These facilities were given time until mid-June to rectify their situation and comply with the provisions of a new law (No. 1 of 2014) passed earlier this year.
The six-month grace period ends roughly after a month, the ministry has said.
It has recruited 18 female inspectors just to check these facilities and make sure that they are licensed as per the new rules.
The new regulations authorise the labour ministry to be the licensing and monitoring agency for childcare facilities. They earlier came under the education authorities.
The new law specifies a host of licensing conditions for childcare facilities, among them a security deposit of QR100,000.
Nurseries and play schools are allowed to take care of only children under four years of age, after which toddlers must be sent to kindergartens.
The 18 inspectors yesterday took their oath in front of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs at a ceremony.
The inspectors hired by the ministry’s Family Development Department have been given judicial powers so they can take legal action during raids.