A NEW system for awarding Housing Board sites to private childcare centres has attracted keen interest from the operators.
The Straits Times understands that more than 50 of them attended a briefing yesterday held by the Early Childhood Development Agency and the Housing Board.
The briefing was organised to explain a new tender evaluation process which will consider a range of factors such as fees and quality of programmes when awarding HDB sites to private childcare operators. Previously, sites went to the highest bidders.
While childcare operators welcome the new system, some have expressed concerns over how they can strike a balance between quality and costs. Others asked how the quality of programmes would be assessed and monitored.
These concerns were raised at the briefing, operators told The Straits Times.
The changes, which came into effect on Friday, will apply to two sites - Block 22A, Teban Gardens Road and Block 168D, Punggol Field. These two sites are open for bidding until July 5.
Under the new evaluation process, which is aimed at keeping childcare affordable, the bid price will make up half of the score.
The remaining score will come from how affordable fees are (20 per cent); the operator's track record (15 per cent); the quality of its programmes (10 per cent); and whether it helps the disadvantaged and promotes community integration (5 per cent).