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Up to 16,500 Children to Benefit from more Affordable and Better Quality Child Care from 2016

Up to 16,500 Children to Benefit from more Affordable and Better Quality Child Care from 2016


Parents can look forward to more affordable and better quality child care options next year, with the appointment of 23 Partner Operators by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). The new Partner Operator scheme supports mid-sized and smaller child care operators in keeping fees affordable, improving quality of their programmes and developing their early childhood professionals. The 23 Partner Operators run 169 existing child care centres which offer a total of 16,500 places (see Annex A).

Under the scheme, Partner Operators are required to keep full-day child care fees to not more than $800 (before GST), and keep any fee increases affordable. From 1 January 2016, Singaporean children enrolled in Partner Operator centres will also benefit from a one-off reduction in fees. To raise quality, Partner Operator centres are required to attain certification under the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (SPARK). Partner Operators are also required to support their teachers’ professional development and career progression. More information on the Partner Operator scheme can be found in Annex B.

The Partner Operators were selected through an open and competitive process, based on the strength of their proposals and track record. They are appointed for a tenure of five years. The Partner Operators complement the Anchor Operators, which ECDA earlier appointed to expand child care capacity in new estates. Together, these operators will provide parents more quality and affordable early childhood options.

Speaking on the side-lines of the ECDA Scholarship Ceremony, Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin said, “I am pleased with the appointment of 23 new Partner Operators today. They will work with us to keep early childhood services affordable, raise the quality of pre-school programmes, and improve career development for our EC professionals. This will help us better support parents with young children.”


Annex A - Child Care Partner Operators 

Annex B - Information on the Partner Operator Scheme


The Partner Operator (POP) scheme supports mid-sized and smaller child care operators to keep fees affordable, build capabilities to raise quality, and improve career prospects for Early Childhood (EC) professionals. Operators will receive funding to: 

a) Reduce their current fees, keep to a monthly fee cap for the eligible programme, and ensure any fee increases are kept affordable for parents. 

b) Invest in improving quality through the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (SPARK), and in headquarter capabilities. 

c) Support continuing professional development and career progression opportunities for EC professionals in the centre.

Fee Cap

The fee cap applies to full/half-day child or infant care programme for Singaporean children.

Programme Fee Cap (before GST)
Full day child care $800
Half day child care $600
Full day infant care $1,400
Half day infant care $1,000

Fee reduction

POP centres will implement a one-off fee reduction on 1 Jan 2016, to help parents with the affordability of child care. The fee reduction amount depends on the type of programme, and the fees currently charged by the participating POP centres. The POP centres will inform parents directly on their new fees for 2016. 

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