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Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah said pre-school operators can take reference from the fees set by the Ministry of Education’s pilot kindergartens.
SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah said pre-school operators can take reference from the fees set by the Ministry of Education’s pilot kindergartens.
However, she added that's not the key purpose of these pilot kindergartens which have kept monthly fees affordable at S$150.
Ms Indranee said teaching and learning materials developed by the pilot kindergartens will be shared with the rest of the pre-school sector.
She said operators already have to justify any fee increases for their pre-schools.
Ms Indranee said: "We recognise parents' concerns about pre-school fees. One of the key priorities of the Early Childhood Development Agency, or ECDA, is to keep early childhood programmes affordable, especially for low and middle-income families.
“Apart from providing subsidies to parents, ECDA will continue to support Voluntary Welfare Organisations and anchor operators to provide quality pre-school services at an affordable fee in the heartlands.”
Ms Indranee said the ECDA will expand the Anchor Operator Scheme to more operators so that more children and parents may benefit.