Early Childhood Care and Education Authority Act

Early Childhood Care and Education Authority (Registration of Pre-Primary Schools) Regulations 2011

[GN 176 of 2011 – 1 September 2011] [Section 20]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Early Childhood Care and Education Authority (Registration of Pre-Primary Schools) Regulations 2011.

2. In these regulations –

"Act" means the Early Childhood Care and Education Authority Act;

"authorised officer" means an employee of the Authority;

"certificate of character" means a certificate issued under section 5 of the Certificate of Character Act;

"certificate of registration" means a certificate of registration issued by the Authority under regulation 3(5)(a);

"child care giver" means a person registered as such under regulation 8(5)(b);

"child care services" means care services pertaining to child development and supervision;

"child minding services" means custodial and care services which are provided by a pre-primary school;

"educator" means a person registered as such under regulation 7(3)(c);

"manager" means a person registered as such under regulation 6(4);

"pre-primary school" means an establishment, with or without child minding services, which provides educational services and child care services to not less than 10 children above the age of 3 and up to the age of entry to a primary school.

3. (1) No pre-primary school shall begin to function unless it is registered with the Authority.

(2) A person who wishes to run a pre-primary school shall make an application for the registration of –

 (a) the school;

 (b) its manager;

 (c) its educator;

 (d) every child care giver who will work at that school; and

 (e) members of the staff of that school,

to the Authority, in such form and manner as it may approve, at least 2 months before the school is to begin to function.

(3) An application made under paragraph (2) shall be accompanied by –

 (a) the relevant permit issued by the Municipal City or Town Council, or District Council, as appropriate, in relation to the premises where the pre-primary school shall operate;

 (b) a certificate from the Sanitary Authority under the Public Health Act to the effect that the premises is free of any nuisance;

 (c) a certificate from the Chief Fire Officer, Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service, or his authorised officer, to the effect that the premises where the pre-primary school shall operate satisfy fire safety requirements.

(4) The pre-primary school shall not be registered unless –

 (a) all documents referred to in paragraph (3) have been submitted;

 (b) it complies with such requirements relating to –

  (i) the premises;

  (ii) sanitary conditions;

  (iii) the furniture and equipment;

  (iv) health and safety; and

  (v) its staff,

as may be imposed by the Authority or any other relevant authority.

(5) (a) Where the Authority grants an application, it shall, on such terms and conditions as it may determine and on payment of the appropriate fee specified in Part A of the Schedule, register the pre-primary school and issue a certificate of registration in the name of the school.

 (b) A certificate of registration issued under subparagraph (a) shall be valid –

  (i) for a period of 24 months from the date of issue; or

  (ii) for such shorter period as the Authority may determine.

 (c) A certificate of registration shall specify whether the school may provide child minding services.

(6) The Authority may reject an application made under paragraph (2) where –

 (a) the applicant does not –

  (i) comply with paragraphs (3) and (4); or

  (ii) pay the appropriate fee specified in Part A of the Schedule;

 (b) the manager is not a fit and proper person to act as such; or

 (c) any information submitted by the applicant for the purpose of obtaining the issue of a certificate of registration is false in any material particular.

(7) Where an application made under paragraph (2) is rejected, the applicant may appeal to the Minister within 21 days of the date on which he is notified of the decision of the Authority.

4. (1) An application for the renewal of a certificate of registration –

 (a) shall be made to the Authority, within one month before the date of expiry of the certificate, in such form and manner as the Authority may

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