Private kindergartens compliance to standard operating procedures during movement control order period

Pematuhan prosedur operasi standard di tadika swasta semasa tempoh perintah kawalan pergerakan

  • Syed Lamsah Syed Chear Fakulti Pendidikan dan Sains Sosial, Universiti Selangor, Bestari Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA
  • Sareena Hanim Hamzah Pusat Sukan dan Sains Eksesais, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
  • Norhayati Mohd Zin Fakulti Pendidikan dan Sains Sosial, Universiti Selangor, Bestari Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA
  • Fadliah Darini Fakulti Pendidikan dan Sains Sosial, Universiti Selangor, Bestari Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA
  • Irma Syuryani Jaswir Fakulti Pendidikan dan Sains Sosial, Universiti Selangor, Bestari Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA
  • Norsyahida Mat Nazir Fakulti Pendidikan dan Sains Sosial, Universiti Selangor, Bestari Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA
Keywords: private kindergartens, standard operation procedures (SOP), COVID-19

Abstract

Pandemic COVID-19 and the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) have created new norms in society. The re-opening of the private kindergarten during this MCO period was met with a different reaction from the entrepreneurs. The objective of this study is to analyse the level of compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This study involved 50 private kindergartens in Selangor. The assessment is based on two perspectives: feedback from kindergarten management and the trainee teachers. The findings showed that compliance levels were high with the mean score of 4.260 (before operation) and 4.278 (during operation) given by the operators on a scale of 1 – 5,  while trainee teachers gave a mean score of  4.212.  Before its operation, kindergartens have prioritized three safety measures: ensuring parents were free from COVID-19 (mean 4.64), monitoring teachers’ health (mean 4.52), and tightening the rules for visitors (mean 4.38).  During its operation, kindergartens have improved their safety measures especially in prohibiting symptomatic children to kindergarten (mean 4.54), providing adequate hand sanitizer (mean 4.44), enforcing the use of face masks (mean 4.44), making isolation towards symptomatic children (mean 4.40), carrying out comprehensive disinfection activities (mean 4.36), and ensuring parents to cooperate accordingly (mean 4.32). The observations of trainee teachers have also supported these claims. According to the teacher trainees, the lower scores concerned around  ensuring children to wear a face mask at all times (mean 3.72), prohibiting children from sharing personal equipment (mean 3.89), prohibiting physical contact among children (mean 3.96); conducting learning group activities (mean 3.98), and tracking close contacts of symptomatic children (mean 4.02). The high level of compliance indicates the entrepreneur's determination in ensuring that private kindergartens can operate properly and safely. The results of this study have a significant impact on the role of the relevant authorities to provide training and financial assistance to private kindergartens.  Such support is essential for them to offer quality services in the interests of child education and safety.

Wabak COVID-19 dan penguatkuasaan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) menimbulkan norma baharu dalam masyarakat. Pembukaan operasi tadika swasta dalam tempoh ini disambut dengan reaksi berbeza para pengusaha. Objektif  kajian ini adalah untuk menilai tahap pematuhan prosedur operasi standard (SOP) bagi membendung penularan COVID-19. Kajian melibatkan 50 tadika swasta di Selangor. Penilaian berdasarkan dua perspektif iaitu maklum balas daripada pengurusan tadika dan guru pelatih. Dapatan kajian menunjukkan tahap pematuhan adalah tinggi iaitu nilai min 4.260 (sebelum operasi) dan 4.278 (semasa operasi) berdasarkan maklum balas pengusaha pada skala 1 – 5 manakala min 4.212 berdasarkan pemerhatian guru pelatih. Sebelum beroperasi, tadika swasta memastikan ibu bapa mengistihar bebas daripada COVID-19 (min 4.64), memantau kesihatan guru (min 4.52), dan mengetatkan peraturan kemasukan pelawat (min 4.38).  Semasa beroperasi tadika melarang kehadiran kanak-kanak bergejala (min 4.54), menyediakan pencuci tangan (min 4.44), mewajibkan penggunaan pelitup muka (min 4.40), mengasingkan kanak-kanak bergejala (min 4.40), aktiviti disinfeksi yang menyeluruh (min 4.36), dan memastikan ibu bapa berkerjasama sewajarnya (min 4.32). Pemerhatian guru pelatih menyokong skor maklum balas tadika. Skor terendah yang diberikan oleh guru pelatih adalah untuk tindakan memastikan kanak-kanak memakai pelitup muka (min 3.72), larangan berkongsi permainan (min 3.89), sentuhan fizikal (min 3.96), mengelakkan aktiviti berkumpulan (min 3.98), dan mengesan kontak rapat kanak-kanak bergejala (min 4.02). Tahap pematuhan tinggi memberi petunjuk kesungguhan pengusaha untuk memastikan tadika swasta dapat beroperasi dengan baik dan selamat. Hasil kajian ini mempunyai signifikan terhadap peranan agensi berwajib untuk menyediakan latihan dan bantuan kewangan bagi memastikan penularan COVID-19 dapat dibendung. Sokongan sebegini adalah penting untuk memungkinkan pengusaha tadika swasta menawarkan perkhidmatan berkualiti demi kepentingan pendidikan dan keselamatan kanak-kanak di tadika.  

Kata kunci: tadika swasta, prosedur operasi standard (SOP), COVID-19

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2021-07-10
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Syed Chear, S. L., Hamzah, S. H., Mohd Zin, N., Darini, F., Jaswir, I. S., & Mat Nazir, N. (2021). Private kindergartens compliance to standard operating procedures during movement control order period. EDUCATUM Journal of Social Sciences, 7(2), 23-33. https://doi.org/10.37134/ejoss.vol7.2.3.2021