Child nurseries a first for Hajj

Monday, August 20, 2018

JEDDAH: Children’s nurseries will be available to Hajj pilgrims for the first time following the launch of a nursery service inside Makkah and Madinah.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in cooperation with the Ministry of Education launched the nursery service to provide a safe and educational environment for children under the supervision of qualified staff. 

Nurseries will also offer shelter from large crowds and limit children’s exposure to illness or potential accidents in the holy sites. Pilgrims can perform their rituals in peace, knowing their children are in good hands, a ministry spokesman said.

Worshippers with children can register for the service during their completion of the Hajj permit application via the ministry’s electronic services. 

The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and Tatweer Co. for Educational Services are also involved in the initiative. 

Children are received during Hajj season starting from the seventh of the month of Dhu Al-Hijja until the 13th. They are divided according to their age groups.

Five languages are available to teach children: Arabic, English, French, Malay and Turkish. 

The Ministry of Education has completed preparation stages of its health and educational program to host children from the age of one month to six years in seasonal kindergartens.

The opening of nurseries and kindergartens is subject to licensing by the ministry representing the Agency of Private Education.

The education ministry’s security system will ensure children’s safety. A documentation process on entry and exit of the child is done through fingerprints, which confirms the identity of the child as well as their parents. The system works in cooperation with security authorities.

Security measures also include prohibiting non-authorized persons from entering the facility, with security cameras fitted for this purpose.