Childcare places in 'hot estates' to grow by 40%
8,000 extra places coming up in high-demand areas over next 4 years
The number of childcare places in housing estates where there is a high demand for pre-school is set to grow by 40 per cent over the next four years.
This works out to about 8,000 additional places which will be made available in Punggol, Jurong West, Woodlands, Bukit Panjang and Tampines, said the Early Childhood Development Agency, which oversees the pre-school sector.
There are currently 20,000 childcare places in these five estates, with about 88 per cent of them filled as of July. Other high-demand areas include Sengkang and Marine Parade.
These estates, which have new housing projects sprouting up, tend to draw young couples starting families.
The bigger operators have been opening up so many centres here (Woodlands) and that has helped to soak up demand, but the new scheme will help small operators like us to scale up too.
- Sweetlands childcare chain director Junius Ho