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Development Support and Learning Support Programmes for Anchor Operator Pre-schools

Type: Parliamentary Questions

Topic(s): Children & Families, Financial Assistance & Social Support, Disability Services


Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang
MP for Nee Soo GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) what percentage of anchor operator pre-schools currently have the Development Support and Learning Support (DS and LS) programmes; and (b) what are the Early Childhood Development Agency's (ECDA) Agency's (ECDA) plans to introduce the DS and LS programmes to more anchor operators.

Answer

1 The number of preschools offering the Development Support (DS) and Learning Support (LS) programme has increased by 60% from 350 preschools in 2017 to about 550 preschools today. Of these preschools offering the DS-LS programme, about 400 are Anchor Operator (AOP) preschools.

2 Today, all of the AOPs are DS-LS providers who have or will have their own team of in-house Learning Support Educators. This enables the AOPs to better expand the delivery of the DS-LS programmes in their centres.

3 The Early Childhood Development Agency (EDCA) is working closely with the AOPs and other preschool operators to make the DS-LS programme available at more preschools. ECDA provides funding to preschools which are DS-LS providers, to train their Learning Support Educators and procure therapy services. These preschools are also supported with a Place-and-Train programme to facilitate the training of more in-house Learning Support Educators.