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ERIC Number: EJ763225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Child Care Services in Malaysia
Pheng, Liew Sau
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n175 p82-84 May-Jun 2007
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-religious country with a population of more than 25 million people who live in the Peninsular and the States of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo Island. It is a harmonious and peaceful nation comprised of Malays, who are the ethnic majority, followed by Chinese, Indians, Ibans, Kadazandusuns, and other ethnic groups. Being multi-ethnic, national unity is Malaysia's overriding goal in the formulation of all its socio-economic policies. The nation's ideology, known as Rukun Negara (1969), marks a significant milestone in its development as it forms the basis for the consolidation of national unity and guides the direction of all political, economic, social, and cultural policies. Cognizant of the fact that early childhood development programs are vital in preparing the nation's young to participate in nation building, the Malaysian Government has taken the lead in planning for the provision of children's services; and essential legislation such as the Child Protection Act, the Child Care Centre Act 1984, and the Education Act 1996 were put in place to safeguard the survival, protection, and development of children. This article provides details on early childhood development programs in Malaysia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia