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Childcare fee hike last year highest in at least 8 years

Pre-school players point to higher staff costs amid rising inflation, rents

Published on Mar 24, 2014 8:16 AM
Children at a class in Agape Little Uni pre-school. Staff salaries there have risen by 10 per cent to 20 per cent in the past two years. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Childcare fees increased again last year, in the steepest rise over at least eight years.

The median monthly fee for a full-day childcare programme was $830 last year, $80 higher than in 2012, statistics from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), which oversees the pre-school sector, showed.

Before last year, the median fee had not gone up by more than $45 year on year since 2005.

While inflation and rents have been climbing, pre-school players said the spike in fees last year could be due mainly to higher staff costs.

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