Legal Update : National Minimum Standards and Protocol For Creches (Operation & Management) 2024

Labour Laws

National Minimum Standards and Protocol For Creches (Operation & Management)

The Ministry of Women & Child Development issued a notification dated February 23, 2024 specifying the minimum standards to be followed for setting up of creche facilities.

It applies to every individual/ service agencies/ corporations/ companies/universities/ hospitals/ care service providers/ government organisations/ non-governmental organisations etc, having 50 or more employees to have a creche, extending to both males and females. Additionally, Section 48 of the Factories Act, 1948, mandates creche facilities for factories with over 30 female workers.

Date of enforcement: February 23, 2024.

Key Highlights:

1. The creche is defined as a creche provides a safe and nurturing environment for youngsters while their parents or guardians work. These facilities prioritize children’s health, provide nutritional meals, and ensure a safe environment. It offers age-appropriate instructional activities.

2. Key considerations to consider when opening a créche:

a. Facility of creche may be provided from the age group of 6 months onwards.

b. The creche may also be set up in any office space, in a residential apartment/society, school, hospitals, cooperative office or any other place as per requirements.

c. It is mandatory that CCTV cameras are installed for ensuring security and supervision at the creche. Parents/ Guardians may preferably be provided with access to CCTV cameras, wherever possible, enabling them to monitor the creche remotely from their workplace.

d. The local police stations, the Women and Child Development/Social Welfare Department, and the Labour Department should invariably have the information about the location and details of the créche for safety purposes and information to be maintained by these offices.

e. Play materials and toys (essential ECCE Study material and play materials, sports materials, blocks etc.) should be provided to the children. Audio-visual equipment may be provided where appropriate and feasible to stimulate age-appropriate learning and cognitive development.

3. The Indicative composition of Creche Administrative Committee is as follows – i) Créche Administrator – To be nominated by institution/organisation operating the créche ii) Créche supervisor iii) Parents/ Guardians (preferably 3) of beneficiary children

4. Duties of creche supervisor:

a. The creche Supervisor will be overall in charge of the créche.

b. Planning and implementing age-appropriate educational activities to foster holistic development of the children.

c. To maintain/monitor records of children’s attendance and other statutory records.

5. Services available at the creche facilities are as followed:

a. Parent/Guardian and Administration meeting

b. Engagement and training of creche workers

c. Health, Medicine and First Aid Kits

d. Record maintenance

5. An administrative committee should regulate safety standards at the creche

a. Verifying and controlling access to CCTV surveillance, as well as processes for dealing with visits and pickups.

b. Conduct community-based inspections at least once a quarter to verify the creche is child-friendly and meets basic requirements for facilities and systems.

Enclosed is the Notification copy for your reference to implement this in your organisation.