Dear Parents,

I read with concern and sadness about the recent cases of rampant child abuse reported in local newspapers.

As a child care giver and owner of a nursery and kindergarten myself my heart goes out to the parents who have entrusted their children to these irresponsible and cruel individuals who have done such heinous acts against innocent children.

I would like to advice parents to really put in the extra effort and to do a background research on nurseries, kindergartens or childcare center to ensure the safety of their precious children. It would be good for parents to send their children where the teachers and caregivers are trained to care for children and where there are CCTV’s where activities of caregivers can be monitored (especially in the case of small babies)!

Studies have shown that it is critical to invest early in children, such as raising them in an appropriate living home and providing love and care for them. Children are the future, and it is our responsibility to raise them in the best condition as possible.

It is my sincere hope that we caregivers and parents can work together to provide a better and safe environment for our children – maybe the government can also look into providing parents who work long hours and are experiencing financial difficulties with childcare facilities that is regulated and safe.

But as a caregiver – I would just like to point out that it is better to pay an extra amount to a regulated and verified childcare center or school than risk situations such as abuse by sending children to nannies or centers with unqualified personnel.

The Principal