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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
$d   Child Care Services Ordinance
$d   Child Care Services Regulations
$d   Operation Manual for Pre-primary Institutions (PDF Document)
    (Replacing the Code of Practice of Child Care Centres with effect from 1 September 2006)
$d   Code of Practice on Mutual Help Child Care Centres (Revised 9/2008)
         PDF Document            Word document MS Word Document
  Relevant Forms/Leaflets
Name of Form/Leaflet Download
Leaflet on Child Care Centre Service  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
Leaflet on Mutual Help Child Care Centres (only Chinese version available)   PDF Document
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 Room 2312, 23/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel. No. 2835 2016
Fax. No. 2591 9113



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