The Health Ministry in Kuwait announced that it has granted approval for a plan for reopening of preschools in September.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Mashaan Al Otaibi, together with the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Covid-19 Emergency Committee, Hamad Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah, issued a letter that lays out a three-stage plan for reopening of nurseries.
As per the plan, the first stage will be to determine the health regulations and mechanisms that will be in place by each pre-school. This will be done between 15th April and 30th May.
Thereafter, nurseries can begin child rehabilitation programs to ensure a safe reopening between 1st June and 30th August. Finally, on 1st September, the nurseries can open with their regular capacity, which will conclude the third stage.
Just like universities and schools, the pre-schools were also closed for more than a year due to Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to that there were about 500 nurseries across Kuwait. However, in the past year, the Preschool Owners Forum reported that 200 nurseries were shut for not adhering to health measures. Another 100 nurseries closed their doors as they were burdened with economic losses.
Kindergarten is a crucial time in a child’s life when they learn developmental and social skills that serve as a foundation for their overall growth. Although last month the Kuwait government announced plans to reopen schools in September, nurseries were not included in the plan, as they fall under the Ministry of Social Affairs, and not the Ministry of Education.