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Auditor general department: Some child care facilities operated for 24 months without licenses

Published:Tuesday | January 13, 2015 | 6:26 PM

The auditor general's department, says some child care facilities have operated for up to 24 months without licenses.

Under the 2007 Children's Homes Regulations, children’s homes are required to submit applications for a license along with documents such as a police certificate of clearance and a report from the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

However, the auditor general said at the time of the audit, 35 of the 48 privately operated childcare facilities were operating without the required license for periods up to 24 months.

It said the CDA explained that it received 41 applications for renewal of licenses but it was awaiting the finalisation of an audit that was commissioned in December 2012, to inform the approval process for the licenses.

The CDA reportedly said the audit identified certain deficiencies at some of the homes.

Meanwhile, the auditor general says the CDA has since advised that the deficiencies at some homes have been corrected and 32 licenses were renewed.

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