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Updates on Haze Management for Child Care Centres and Kindergartens for 28 September 2015 (Monday)

Updates on Haze Management for Child Care Centres and Kindergartens for 28 September 2015 (Monday)

In view of the improvement in the haze situation, all lessons and programmes in child care centres and kindergartens will resume on 28 September 2015 (Monday). Centres should continue to adjust their programmes in accordance to the guidelines issued for different PSI levels. ECDA will continue to monitor the haze situation and update on relevant haze management measures needed. Please see Annex A for guidelines for different PSI levels.

Parents and centre operators may also refer to ECDA’s website (www.ecda.gov.sg) for the 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 can contact ECDA at the following:

  • For queries relating to Child Care Centres: 6736 7631 / 6736 7610
  • For queries relating to Kindergartens: 6736 7552 / 6736 7532

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Annex A
Haze management guidelines for child care centres and kindergartens

For PSI approaching “Unhealthy levels” (i.e. 24 hour PSI above 100): 

Centres should minimise outdoor activities, and avoid strenuous indoor physical exercises. Children with asthma, respiratory, heart or lung problems should be exempted from physical exercises. Centres should monitor the health of all children. Should any child become unwell or develop respiratory problems, centres should inform the parents and seek immediate medical attention for the child. In the meantime, the child should stay in an air-conditioned room. 

For PSI approaching “Very unhealthy levels” (i.e. 24 hour PSI above 200): 

Centres should minimise outdoor activities, and modify indoor programmes to be less physically intensive. They should cancel indoor and outdoor physical exercises. Children should stay in enclosed indoor spaces, including air-conditioned spaces and classrooms with doors and windows closed, where possible. Centres are also advised to monitor the health of all children. Should any child become unwell or develop respiratory problems, centres should inform the parents and seek immediate medical attention for the child. In the meantime, the child should stay in an air-conditioned room. 

For PSI approaching “Hazardous levels” (i.e. 24 hour PSI above 300): 

Centres are advised to cancel all outdoor activities and indoor physical exercises. They should modify indoor programmes to be less physically intensive and provide more rest time. Children should stay in enclosed indoor spaces, including air-conditioned spaces and classrooms with doors and windows closed, where possible. Centres should monitor the health of all children. Should any child become unwell or develop respiratory problems, centres should inform the parents and seek immediate medical attention for the child. In the meantime, the child should stay in an air-conditioned room. ECDA will align centre closure with MOE’s decision for mainstream schools, if necessary.

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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. 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. 

3. 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.

4. 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. At the same time, Government Child Care Subsidies for eligible children will continue to be paid during this period.

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