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Three more pre-school players get 'anchor operator' status

New operators, including private ones, must keep fees low in return for aid

Published on Jan 28, 2014 7:54 AM
An EtonHouse teacher conducting an art lesson. Amid the push to build more childcare centres, the new pre-school anchor operators said they face the common problem of finding enough qualified teachers. -- ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Parents can look forward to big-name private operators setting up more childcare centres in the heartland and charging a fraction of their current fees, from as early as July.

Three more pre-school players have been appointed anchor operators under a scheme that requires them to keep fees affordable in return for government subsidies.

They are: EtonHouse International's E-Bridge Pre-school, Kinderland Consortium's Skool4Kidz, and Metropolitan YMCA's MY World Preschool. The first two are private operators, while the third is a non-profit organisation.

The operators, which have been appointed for a tenure of five years, were the first to qualify for the expanded anchor operator scheme announced last year to include private players for the first time. The expanded scheme attracted 16 applications. Previously, the scheme was open only to non-profit organisations and the anchor operators were NTUC's My First Skool and the PAP Community Foundation.

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