5 MOE new kindergartens to be in heartlands and take in 540 children

Mr Heng said that the locations were chosen based on "projected demand". He reiterated that MOE was not chasing after intake numbers, but is using the kindergartens to develop "high-quality" learning resources and the best teaching methods.

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Here is the statement from MOE:

The Ministry of Education will set up five more MOE Kindergartens in 2015. Similar to the first five kindergartens, the next five kindergartens are located in the heartlands. Four of the kindergartens will be located within primary schools (Frontier Primary, Punggol Green Primary, Sengkang Green Primary and West Spring Primary) and one will be located in the community (Blk 318A Yishun Ave 9). Care services will be provided at these five MOE Kindergartens.

In 2013, MOE announced that 15 MOE Kindergartens would be set up over the next three years. The objectives of the MOE Kindergartens are to provide quality pre-school education that is affordable to Singaporeans as well as to pilot teaching and learning resources and establish good practices for sharing with the pre-school sector.

The registration exercise for 2015 admission to Kindergarten 1 (K1) will be held at the respective MOE Kindergarten on two days; Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 April 2014, 9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 5.00pm. The registration exercise is open to Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident children born between 2 January 2010 and 1 January 2011 (both dates inclusive).

The locations of the MOE Kindergartens and the number of places available are as follows: Frontier Primary School, Punggol Green Primary School, Sengkang Green Primary School, West Spring Primary School, and at Blk 318A Yishun Ave 9, Singapore 761318.

The MOE Kindergartens commencing in 2015 will hold road shows on Saturdays, 22 March and 29 March 2014 to provide more information to interested parents. Parents can visit the road shows to learn more about the curriculum and programmes offered at the MOE Kindergartens. The road shows will begin with a presentation, followed by a Question and Answer session. There will also be exhibition booths with information about the curriculum and programmes.

Parents are advised to use public transport to get to the MOE Kindergartens. Those who drive should park at nearby public car parks as there will be no public parking within the school premises.

The key features of the MOE Kindergarten curriculum are its distinct Singapore flavour, as well as its two flagship programmes - the Starlight Literacy Programme and the HI-Light Programme. The curriculum features a distinct Singapore flavour which allows children to learn in an authentic context. The Starlight Literacy Programme aims to nurture early childhood bilingualism and is offered in both English (EL) and all three official Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs). The HI-Light Programme supports holistic development of children through integrated learning experiences.

Teachers will use two core pedagogies to engage children in learning: first, purposeful play, where children are participating in activities that are enjoyable and deliberately planned to achieve important learning outcomes. Second, quality interactions, where teachers use prompts and ask key questions to engage children in conversations to help them build on ideas and concepts.

Through the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), MOE will share the curriculum as well as teaching and learning resources being piloted at the MOE Kindergartens with other pre-school operators to help catalyse quality improvements in pre-school education across Singapore.