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Childcare waitlists in Punggol still long

Registration at multiple centres could make it difficult to gauge demand

Published on Feb 24, 2014 8:18 AM
 
Childcare teacher Yang Tingting with Brandon Goh, two, and 22-month-old Claris Seow at Sparkletots centre in Punggol on Jan 2, 2014. Waiting lists have not shortened at more than half of the childcare centres in Punggol - an area of high demand for childcare services - despite the number of centres increasing by 25 per cent to 30 centres last year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Waiting lists have not shortened at more than half of the childcare centres in Punggol - an area of high demand for childcare services - despite the number of centres increasing by 25 per cent to 30 centres last year.

A check with 10 childcare centre operators - including bigger players such as NTUC's My First Skool and the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) which together run 11 centres in Punggol - found that waiting lists had not shortened for eight operators.

Most operators said this could be due to parents registering their children at multiple centres, and that waiting lists were not the best indication of demand.

Another possible reason is that some centres are sited in specific parts of Punggol which have more new flats and higher demand for childcare services.

 
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