Juma'ani spends some time at the child care centre.

MIRI: A child care centre providing support primarily for dual-career parents in the oil and gas industry was officially opened yesterday.

Datin Patinggi Dato Juma'ani Tuanku Bujang, wife of the Chief Minister declared open Cik Cak Child Care Centre, a project by Shell Women Action Network (SWAN) and supported by Sarawak Shell Berhad located at Lutong near here.

SWAN president and head of legal Shell Malaysia Rodziah Zainuddin said having a child care centre at work is important as the oil and gas workforce moves towards more dual-career couples who require strong support-system especially those from outside Miri.

“SWAN has been continuing efforts to create an inclusive environment where women can achieve their full potential in the industry. Since 2000, SWAN has been an employee-networking group for Shell companies in Malaysia to support women talent in their career progression in Shell. Having a child care centre is testament of this effort and supports Sarawak Shell's focus on overall productivity improvement,” she said while thanking the state government, local authority and affiliated bodies for their collaborative support.

The centre which has been in operation since Oct 1, 2018 with 25 children is designed to accommodate up to 100 children from four months to 12 years old.

Its operation is managed by Sarawakian woman entrepreneur Badriyyah Suhaili supported by Montessori-qualified teachers and child-minders.

Open from 7am to 5.30pm on Mondays to Fridays, the centre is spacious, fully equipped and designed to provide high quality child care to parents especially those working around Lutong.

Also present at the opening were Datin Kong Shui Lin (wife of Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin) and Liz Durkin (wife of Sarawak Shell Berhad managing director cum vice president of Shell Malaysia Upstream Simon Durkin).

> Source: Borneo Post Online