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Registration of Child Care Centres

  

Image Child Care Services Ordinance (Chapter 243, Laws of Hong Kong)
 
 

Child Care Services Ordinance, previously known as the Child Care Centres Ordinance (Chapter 243, Laws of Hong Kong), was implemented in September 1997, to protect the well-being of children under care. It ensures that child care centres are maintained at a standard which provides adequate care for children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. All child care centres must be registered in compliance with the requirements under the Child Care Services Ordinance (Chapter 243) and the Child Care Services Regulations (Chapter 243A).

Any person who operates, or takes part in the management of a child care centre without a valid certificate of registration or certificate of exemption commits an offence. The maximum penalty on conviction is a fine at level 6 ($100,000 at present) and imprisonment for two years.

 
 
Image Registration, Inspection and Control under Child Care Services Ordinance and Child Care Services Regulations
 
 

Child care centres (including residential child care centres and special child care centres) are registered and monitored by Child Care Centres Advisory Inspectorate of the Department.

Child care centres providing kindergarten education to children aged 3-6 in the same premises are registered and monitored by the Joint Office for Kindergartens and Child Care Centres of the Education Bureau. Regarding application procedures for registration of kindergarden-cum-child care centres, detailed information can be found at EDB website.

 
 
Image You may click the following items for browsing or downloading relevant information:
 
  Ordinance, Regulation and Code of Practice
 
 
  Child Care Services Ordinance
  Child Care Services Regulations
  Operation Manual for Pre-primary Institutions (PDF Document)
    (Replacing the Code of Practice of Child Care Centres with effect from 1 September 2006)
  Code of Practice on Mutual Help Child Care Centres (Revised 9/2021)
         PDF Document                                 Word document MS Word Document
 
  Relevant Documents/Forms
 
 
Name of Documents/Forms Download
Information on Child Care Centre  PDF Document
Procedural Guide for Application for Registration of a Child Care Centre   PDF Document
Word document MS Word Document
Application for registration of child care centres and other relevant forms
(To facilitate electronic submission of application(s), the public can, on top of the existing arrangement, fill in the electronic form(s) for online submission to Child Care Centres Advisory Inspectorate with effect from 27 October 2021.)
 
Information on Mutual Help Child Care Centres (only Chinese version available)   PDF Document
 
 
Image Circular Letters and/or Guidelines issued by Child Care Centres Advisory Inspectorate
 
 
$d   Management Letter
 
 
Image Child Care Supervisors / Child Care Workers Training Course
 
  Child care centre is operated by trained child care staff. Lists of training courses for child care supervisors / child care workers recognized by the Social Welfare Department and the Education Bureau can make reference to the EDB website.

Those who are interested in including in the registration of child care worker / child care supervisor can submit application to the Joint Office for Kindergartens and Child Care Centres of the Education Bureau or can make reference to the EDB website
 
 
Image Child Care Centres Advisory Inspectorate
 
  Office Hours
  Monday to Friday :
      8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday
 
  Means of Contact
 
Address Unit 206, 2/F., THE HUB, 23 Yip Kan Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Tel. No. 3184 0804
Fax. No. 2591 9113
Email cccaienq@swd.gov.hk

 

 


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