3 October 2017
Er Dr Lee Bee Wah
MP for Nee Soon GRC
To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) how many places of employment provide childcare centres on their premises currently; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider encouraging companies of a certain staff size to provide onsite childcare facilities for their employees.
As of June 2017, there are about 470 workplace child care centres located in commercial premises, government buildings, industrial estates and other places of work. These centres make up about a third of all child care centres in Singapore.
Many factors aside from staff size determine whether an employer should set up a child care centre at the workplace. These include the profile of employees, the employees’ preferences in the location of care services, the location of the workplace, and business viability of the centre. Employers will have to take all these factors into consideration. To facilitate developers and employers to set up workplace child care centres, we have put in place various measures and schemes.
The Community and Sports Facilities Scheme, for instance, provides bonus Gross Floor Area (GFA) to developers which set aside space in commercial buildings for child care centres. Another is the Enhanced Workplace Child Care Centre Scheme, where eligible workplace centres may receive a furnishing and equipment grant as well as a development grant to cover the costs of converting space in workplaces for child care use. In addition, for new commercial developments, ECDA has worked with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to require the developer for selected Government Land Sale sites to provide space for child care centres.
While the Government supports the set-up of workplace child care centres, we note that many parents still prefer child care centres near their homes. As such, the Government will continue to ramp up the number of child care places island-wide, mostly at new HDB residential developments. Parents can look forward to over 40,000 new full-day preschool places by 2022.