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Update on Haze Management for Child Care Centres and Kindergartens

Update on Haze Management for Child Care Centres and Kindergartens

In view of the deterioration of the haze situation, all lessons and programmes in child care centres and kindergartens will be scaled down. Parents of pre-school children may wish to take precautionary measures by keeping your child at home on 25 September 2015 (Friday). Nevertheless, all child care centres and kindergartens will remain open to provide custodial care for parents who do not have alternative care arrangements. 

Parents and centre operators may also refer to ECDA’s website (www.ecda.gov.sg) for latest update on the haze management measures to be adopted by centres. They can also monitor the latest haze situation through the website www.haze.gov.sg  or NEA hotline: 1800 225 5632

If centres or parents have any queries, you may contact ECDA at the following:

  • For queries relating to Child Care Centres: 67367631/ 67367610
  • For queries relating to Kindergartens: 67367552/ 67367532

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I protect my children during this haze period?
You are advised to keep your child indoors and minimise any outdoor or physical activities. 

2. Is it safe for my children to attend child care centres or kindergartens on Friday?
The well-being and safety of our children are of utmost importance to ECDA. ECDA has in place a set of guidelines to centres for the management of haze. We have reminded centres of the measures to be undertaken via emails.

Centres have been advised to shut all windows and doors, but ensure ventilation and comfort indoors through fans and portable air coolers/conditioners when the air quality reaches “very unhealthy” level. 

Centres are also advised to keep a close watch on children, especially those with respiratory problems. 

In addition, most of the child care centres and kindergartens are able to accommodate their children in enclosed spaces equipped with air-conditioners or/and air purifiers which provide greater comfort for children during the haze situation.

3. Can the centre request that I keep my child at home?
Until formal notice of closure is given by ECDA, centres should remain open, as there may be parents who are unable to find alternative care arrangements for their children.  However, lessons and programmes will be scaled down. 

4. Can the centres choose to voluntarily close due to the haze situation?
Until formal notice of closure is given by ECDA, centres should remain open, as there may be parents who are unable to find alternative care arrangements for their children.  However, lessons and programmes will be scaled down.

5. Will the centres refund fees to parents if I do not send my children to the centre during this period?
Typically, centres will continue to charge fees during this period to cover ongoing operating costs. As the same time, Government Child Care Subsidies for eligible children will continue to be paid during this period.

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