Firm says all maids in UAE should get mandatory childcare training
A COMPANY that trains domestic workers is calling for the government to ensure that all maids and nannies in the UAE are qualified to look after children.
Tracy Fountain, the founder of Back to Basics, told 7DAYS that her company has been meeting with government officials to discuss such a scheme.
“A lack of safety legislation, lack of community awareness and interventions and a reliance on unskilled domestic staff who supervise children are the major factors contributing to child fatalities,” she said.
Housemaids are often given more responsibility than they can handle, she said, adding: “Housemaids need to get compulsory training. We are meeting regularly with the child protection committees in Abu Dhabi to discuss community interventions and changing legislation to avoid tragedies involving children and housemaids.”
The proposal was welcomed by some residents, including Syrian expat Salem Khalid, who said: “Training for the maids is really a good idea. Our children stay most of the time with the maids. It is important that they get trained on how to take good care of them.”
A member of staff at a domestic help recruitment agency added: “Most of the maids being brought in here lack child safety skills, yet they are given tasks to take care of children.”