After months of waiting, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is over and Malaysians are entering a new phase called the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).\r\n\r\nOn 7th of June 2020, the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin announced this exit plan that will take place from 10 June until 31 August 2020.\r\n\r\nWith lesser restrictions and the ability to travel interstate, the Prime Minister also announced that almost all social, educational, business and other economic sectors will be allowed to operate in stages, following the SOPs provided.\r\n\r\nBack in May, all registered childcare centres such as preschool and kindergarten (TASKA and TADIKA) can start to operate as usual starting 2nd of June 2020.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor concern parents who are going to send your kids under their teachers or nannies' care, here are the SOPs that the childcare centre (and you) have to follow; as stated on Women, Family & Community Development Ministry website:\r\nFor the Teachers and the Childcare Centre\r\n\r\n \tThe childcare centre should prepare ample hand soap and water supply throughout the operation. It is better to prepare hand sanitisers as well.\r\n \tInfrared thermometer to check the children's temperature.\r\n \tSimilar to other places, ALL teachers and children should check and record their temperature in front of the parents before the day start, every day.\r\n \tAny children that is showing symptoms or having fever is not allowed to enter.\r\n \tTeachers should monitor the children's social distancing and the childcare centre's cleanliness.\r\n\r\n \tUse a rubbish bin with lid and throw away all the rubbish at the end of the day.\r\n \tAvoid sharing toys between the children.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tAll teachers should fill up the 'Akuan Pengisytiharan Kesihatan' form prepared. If the teacher is showing symptom, he\/she is not allowed to work and should inform the management.\r\n \tAll equipment should be cleaned after operation hours and all toys should be sanitised after every use.\r\n \tTeachers should teach the children on how to wash their hands properly every day.\r\n \tTeachers and children should always adhere to social distancing even at sleeping and dining area.\r\n \tThere should be an isolation room in case any of the children are showing symptoms while waiting for the parents to come and pick them up.\r\n\r\n \tContact the parent immediately if any of the child is showing symptom.\r\n \tIF there is any positive cases from the centre, the childcare centre should be closed down for disinfection. Reopens is subject to approval by Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah (PKD).\r\n\r\n\r\n \tNo group activities are allowed. Instead, focus on individual activities such as singing, solo dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, "bingo", "guess who", and others.\r\n \tAvoid activities that require the children to come and seat together on a mat or carpet.\r\n \tFeeding time:\r\n\r\n \tThe cooks\/servers should wear face mask or spit-guard when interacting with the kids.\r\n \tThe children\/babies shouldn't use the same plates and utensils when eating.\r\n \tMake sure everyone is social distancing: 1m.\r\n \tAll chairs and tables should be sanitised.\r\n \tIndividual packaged foods are encouraged.\r\n \tTeachers\/nannies should prepare some fruits and\/or vegetables for the children.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tShower Time\/Changing Diapers:\r\n\r\n \tShower and change the children's clothes one person at a time.\r\n \tClean the toilet thoroughly after every kids' bath.\r\n \tPut the used clothes\/diapers into a plastic bag immediately. Close it tight.\r\n \tBoth teachers\/nannies and the child should wash their hands after change into new clothes.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tSleeping or Break Time\r\n\r\n \tAll kids\/babies should have their own bed, pillows, and etc. - it is better to label each item with their names.\r\n \tKeep the child within 1 meter.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tGoing back\r\n\r\n \tSeparate the retrieval time of all children. Organise small groups of children (3-5 people) at a time for parents to invite in between 5-10 minutes.\r\n \tProvide a waiting room for parents\/guardians to take their children. Put a 1m marker for guidance when waiting.\r\n \tCheck the temperature of each child, staff, and visitor leaving the childcare centre area.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDisinfection Guideline\r\n\r\nFor the Parents\r\nIMPORTANT: If your child is a Person Under Investigation (PUI) due to having close contact with the COVID-19 patient, parents should inform the childcare centre and fill up the 'Akuan Pengisytiharan Kesihatan' form.\r\n\r\n \tYou are responsible to pick your child up and bring him to the doctor for immediate treatment if you receive any call from the childcare centre regarding your his health.\r\n\r\nPrecautionary Steps to be Taken\r\nBEFORE Sending Your Child\r\n\r\n \tParents are encouraged to take your child's body temperature before you start your journey.\r\n \tMake sure your child wash his hands with water and soap before he gets into the car.\r\n \tPut on face mask on your child before he gets off the car.\r\n \tClean and disinfect surfaces around and in the car such as the door handle, door panel, window, and others.\r\n\r\nWhile AT the TASKA or TADIKA\r\n\r\n\r\n \tParents CANNOT enter the childcare centre. You can only drop-off your child to the teacher while you stay inside the car.\r\n \tParents cannot wait or gather outside the kindergarten.\r\n\r\nWhen Picking up your Child\r\n\r\n \tTeacher should check the children's temperature before the child get into the parent's car.\r\n \tParents\/guardians should arrive at childcare centre immediately before the scheduled pick-up time to reduce waiting times and avoid meetings.\r\n \tAvoid discussing child issues with other parents\/guardians within the centre area to minimise association.\r\n \tChildren and parents should shower as soon as they get home before interacting with other family members (avoid touching or hugging)!\r\n \tThe clothes worn at the kindergarten should be soaked with soapy water.\r\n\r\nHere is how you can wear and put on the face mask on your children properly:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThese are some of the important points that parents should know before you send your children back to the childcare centre. In short, all parents, teachers, caretakers, and children should adhere to the new normal SOPs in order to curb the re-emergence of the virus.\r\n\r\nAnother good news to the parents with primary and secondary school children is, the Ministry of Education has decided to open schools in stages with advice of MOH. While these (good) news are a lot to process, let us patiently adapt to the new normal and wait for more detailed announcement by the ministers soon!