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New decisions on personnel, working conditions and license fees for nurseries in Qatar issued

Fee for issuing and renewing a nursery to SEK 1,000

Doha, Qatar: As part of its efforts to ensure the efficiency of nurseries, develop them and improve the level of their services, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has issued a number of ministerial decisions related to all nurseries in the country.

The new decisions included classification of types of nurseries, qualifications and experience required of their employees, conditions and controls that must be available at nurseries’ headquarters, and setting license fees for establishing and renewing nurseries.

In this regard, Omar Al-Naama, Deputy Under-Secretary for Private Education Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said: “The new decisions are in line with the Ministry’s strategic directions and goals aimed at developing early childhood and improving services provided to children in this important stage of their life, by ensuring the quality of daycare, providing an appropriate environment to prepare children educationally, psychologically and pedagogically, and increasing the family’s awareness of the importance of the educational stage from an early age.”

The ministerial decrees specified the classification of nurseries and the qualifications and experience required of their employees. The ministry pointed to the three main types of daycare centers, which are: daycare centers, which specialize in providing childcare services to meet the needs of working parents; care and education day care centers, which specialize in providing day care services and teaching children basic skills such as language, reading, writing and arithmetic; and specialized day care centers, which provide day care and educational services for children with disabilities and learning difficulties through the implementation of special programs that develop their abilities and improve their growth according to modern tools and methods.

In addition, the experiences and qualifications that pre-school workers must meet have been identified, reflecting the Ministry’s desire to provide specialized staff and competencies in the fields of education and teaching, thus raising levels of care and improving the quality of learning outcomes.

The decisions also included the conditions and controls that must be met in kindergartens, with the aim of providing a safe and healthy environment for children that includes following all safety procedures and standards, as a step towards improving children’s well-being and developing their physical, psychological and social abilities .

The fees for issuing and renewing nursery licenses have been set at 1,000 Qatari Riyals.

The ministry stated that the nurseries will be given a period of six months to regularize their conditions and work in accordance with the provisions therein.

These decisions aim to increase the capacity of pre-schools, nurseries and kindergartens through collaboration and stimulation of the private sector, as well as to improve levels of care and learning in line with the goals of the country’s Third National Development Strategy.

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