x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Ministry looks into nurseries for UAE government bodies

No nurseries have been set up at Government bodies with headquarters in Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah despite a cabinet decision to do so, a survey shows.

A field survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Affairs revealed that no nurseries have been set up at Government bodies that have headquarters in Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah - and only one nursery was found at a private college in Ajman.

This is despite the Cabinet decision No 19 of 2006 which stipulates that ministries and other Government institutions should set up nurseries for their employees' children at their headquarters.

The survey shows that three federal nurseries, under the Ministry of Social Affairs, have been licensed and would be opened soon at social services centres in Ajman, UAQ and Fujairah.

The ministry is also looking into three licence requests from a federal body for nurseries at its headquarters in Ajman, UAQ and RAK.

Moza Al Shoomi, head of the children's department at the ministry told Al Ittihad: "A total of 33 government nurseries have been licensed across the UAE out of a total of 230 government bodies. This means the response rate to the Cabinet decision is only 14.3 per cent."

The ministry's data shows there are 33 nurseries in the country with licences: nine in Abu Dhabi, seven in Dubai, 14 in Sharjah, and one each in Ajman, UAQ and Fujairah.

* The National