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Illegal nurseries rise in the country, as others face number crunch

Illegal nurseries rise in the country, as others face number crunch

Nurseries in the country have started to increase their fees post summer holidays, compelling many parents to transfer their kids to unlicensed, but cheaper, schools.

Many of these illegal crèches run from homes, and don’t meet the safety requirement.

Due to increasing cost of rentals, licensed nurseries have raised their fees by three to five percent, according to a report in The Peninsula. Meanwhile, some nurseries have also started imposing fees for other amenities such as registration fees, special examinations, booking a seat or transportation.

New law for nurseries

As per Qatari law, no nurseries are allowed to operate until they obtain a license from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Within a month after obtaining the license, nurseries will be required to formulate and submit a set of their internal administrative policies, including fee structure, healthcare, entertainment, food and other details to the Ministry for its approval.

The fine for illegally operating crèches is QR100,000 and even a jail term of up to two years for the owner.

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