MOE looking to provide childcare at 2 pre-schools

MOE looking to provide childcare at 2 pre-schools
Families at a roadshow, informing them of the five new MOE kindergartens, at Punggol View Primary in April. Demand at Punggol View has been strong, but the take-up rate at the other four pre-schools has been low.

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Education (MOE) said it is working with operators to provide childcare at two of its five new kindergartens if there is enough demand from parents.

School buses will also be made available, but only for those attending the centre in Punggol due to a lack of interest in transport services at the other pre-schools.

While parents may be drawn to the MOE brand name, they have cited the lack of childcare and school bus services as key concerns when deciding whether to sign their children up.

Close to 20 parents have even withdrawn their children after getting places. Those interviewed gave the lack of after-school care and transport as their reasons.

The Straits Times understands that about 250 children have enrolled for the five kindergartens, down from 269 three months ago, despite the ministry extending the April registration deadline.

The pre-schools, which open next year, offer 560 places. But with the exception of the one at Punggol View Primary, the take-up rate has been low.

The centre at Farrer Park Primary, for instance, filled 18 of its 120 spots by April's deadline. The other centres are at Dazhong Primary in Bukit Batok, Blangah Rise Primary in Telok Blangah and a void deck in Tampines Street 45.

Unlike many pre-schools, which have after-school care up to 7pm, classes at MOE's centres run for four hours in the morning or afternoon.

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