1 Short title, commencement and application
This Act may be cited as the Child Care Centre Act 1984 and shall come into force on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint and the Minister may appoint different dates for the coming into force of different parts or provisions and for different parts of Malaysia.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
"authorized officer" means an officer appointed under section 13;
"child care centre" means any premises at which four or more children under the age of four years from more than one household are received to be looked after for reward;
"Director General" means the Director General of Social Welfare;
"register" means any register required to be kept under the provisions of this Act;
"registered child care centre" means a child care centre registered under section 7;
"relative" means a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt related by consanguinity;
"State Director" means the Director of Social Welfare of a State and includes the Director of Social Welfare of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, the Federal Territory of Labuan and the Federal Territory of Putrajaya respectively.
(1) This Act shall not apply to-
(a) any government hospital or private hospital licensed under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 [Act 586];
(b) any institution exempted from the provisions of this Act by the Director General;
(c) any kindergarten or nursery school which is registered under the Education Act 1996 [Act 550];
(d) any child care centre or any children's home established or run by the Federal Government or a State Government.
(2) This Act shall not apply to the reception of a child by a relative.