Mr Yee Jenn Jong
Non-Constituency Member of Parliament
To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development
(a) what percentage of pre-schools are currently certified under the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (SPARK);
(b) what percentage of kindergartens and childcare centres are certified under SPARK respectively;
(c) what is the share of SPARK-certified centres from the five anchor operators;
(d) what percentage of pre-schools operated by the anchor operators are SPARK-certified; and
(e) whether the Ministry can provide an update on its effort to get centres tested under SPARK.
The Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (or SPARK) was introduced in 2011 as a voluntary accreditation scheme to help raise the quality of our pre-schools. It also serves as a quality benchmark for parents when choosing a pre-school for their child.
Today, 1 in 6 pre-schools are SPARK-certified. 1 in 4 kindergartens and 1 in 7 child care centres are certified.
Anchor operators are leading the sector in terms of having their centres SPARK-certified. Among existing anchor operator kindergartens and child care centres, more than one-third are SPARK-certified. These centres make up two-thirds of all SPARK-certified pre-schools.
Going forward, ECDA will continue in its efforts to encourage more centres to be SPARK-certified. We have taken steps to make SPARK assessment more accessible to centre leaders and teachers.
a. First, a SPARK Information Pack has been developed and distributed to all centres, to help centres understand SPARK better.
b. Second, additional and targeted training for centres will be conducted on key quality areas assessed under SPARK