Cancun, Q.R. – More than a dozen child daycare facilities in Cancun have been shut down already this year for what officials say were inadequacies.
The State System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) has closed 14 daycares in the city of Cancun so far this year for lack of adequate facilities or qualified staff.
DIF director General, Jesús Rodríguez Herrera says that they are currently reviewing the operation of daycares to ensure each one complies with the law. In particular, they are focusing on civil protection measures, checking each facility has effective emergency exits, signs and properly installed electrical and gas facilities.
He says that to date, the main reason for the closures has been lack of emergency exits and lack of proper food preparation places. All personnel working in child daycare facilities are required to have a certified health card as well as a professional academic title of studies that verifies their capabilities to provide childcare services in daycare centers.
Rodríguez Herrera says that Cancun parents leaving their children in daycare facilities should check the center has the corresponding permits and requirements to take care of children.