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Taking care where to site childcare centres

Finding the right space to build 200 new childcare centres is no child's play. Priscilla Goy finds out how officers from the Early Childhood Development Agency tackle the challenge, as the Government ramps up efforts to ease the childcare crunch.

Published on Jan 13, 2014 8:09 AM
 
Ms Chua Sin Oon and Mr Alex Ong from the Early Childhood Development Agency checking if a void deck is suitable for a childcare centre. For instance, there must be a playground within walking distance, and children should not have to cross any roads or carparks to get to it. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

With a map of Sengkang estate, Ms Chua Sin Oon walks around the void deck of a new block of flats in Fernvale Ridge, taking notes on her clipboard as she scans the surroundings.

Convenient drop-off points. Check.

Playground within walking distance. Check.

Ms Chua, 35, scrutinises each site she visits like a seasoned property agent. However, she is not shopping for flats, but suitable locations to site new childcare centres.

 
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As a parent myself, there is a sense of achievement and satisfaction when I see centres being developed to provide childcare services to other parents.

- Ms Chua Sin Oon, on being undaunted by challenges