Student Care Centres provide care and supervision to school-going children in the Primary to lower Secondary levels outside school hours. The centres provide the students a safe place to rest, where they can also receive support to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and morally.
Student Care Centres can be found in both schools and the community, and be run by commercial or voluntary welfare organisations. Centres will typically provide meals and homework supervision. Beyond that, there is a great variety of programmes among Centres, as each centre has the flexibility to provide programmes that best cater to the profile of its students. These include academic support programmes, outdoor and indoor play, character development programmes, as well as enrichment and recreational activities. Centres may also organise excursion trips and camps for children during the school holidays.
Student Care Centres can choose to register with the Ministry of Social and Family Development if they wish to administer government student care subsidies. Such centres agree to meet the Ministry’s minimum requirements on areas such as physical environment, health, safety, supervision and having a structured programme. The Ministry will audit these centres to ensure that they meet these requirements. You could read more about the minimum requirements here
Subsidies and Financial Assistance
The government Student Care Fee Assistance (SCFA) scheme provides eligible families with subsidies for their children's student care fees. To qualify, families have to meet income and employment conditions, and their child must also be attending a Student Care Centre registered with MSF. The amount of subsidy will depend on the family’s household income and the fees charged by the centre. You may visit this link for more information.
Looking for a Student Care Centre?
Here are some steps to search for a suitable student care centre:
Step 1: Locate Student Care Centres convenient for you
Step 2: Obtain information on the Student Care Centre
- Information on operational details (e.g. operating hours, fee structure, availability of enrolment spaces)
- Information on the programmes, partnership with family/school, meals provided, staff’s experience and arrangements during emergencies.
Step 3: Visit the Student Care Centres to register
You can do an online search for a registered Student Care Centre that suits your needs.
The Ministry does not recommend any particular centre. You can contact and visit the desired centre(s) to find out more about the physical environment and centre’s policies on fees, programmes and services before deciding to enrol your child.
If you are looking for a Student Care Centre that can take in children with special needs, please visit the SG Enable website.
Registering as Student Care Fee Assistance Administrators
Student Care Centres that wish to administer government student care subsidies need to register with the Ministry of Social and Family Development as Student Care Fee Assistance (SCFA) Administrators. Centres registered with the Ministry are to meet a set of minimum requirements and will be audited to ensure that they continue to do so.
If you wish to find out more about the minimum requirements of an SCFA Administrator, please refer to this document.
To register with the Ministry of Social and Family Development as a Student Care Fee Assistance Administrator, please use our e-Registration portal.
Want to find out more?
You can find out more about Student Care Centres from the list of FAQs
Ministry of Social and Family Development
Service Delivery and Coordination Division (SDCD)
Attn: Student Care Team
510 Thomson Road
#19-00 SLF Building