2 'model' centres to push boundaries in pre-school teaching

2 'model' centres to push boundaries in pre-school teaching

SINGAPORE - Childcare centre operator NTUC First Campus and local philanthropic organisation Lien Foundation are teaming up to open two "model" centres in Serangoon and Jurong to explore new ways of teaching pre-schoolers.

The organisations, which also want to start a campaign to raise the status of pre-school teachers, hope to set the standard in facility design and early education.

"We are not satisfied with the status quo and will push the boundaries to bring early childhood education to greater heights, to benefit families in Singapore," said Mr Chan Tee Seng who heads NTUC First Campus, which runs 119 childcare centres.

He referred to last year's Starting Well report commissioned by the Lien Foundation which showed that Singapore was lagging behind many developed countries in the pre-school sector.

Lien Foundation chief executive Lee Poh Wah, whose charity is pledging $5 million to the two centres, added: "We wish to spur the development of more well- designed pre-schools which not only optimise resources but also become inspiring places of learning for children, teachers and parents."

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