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Three pre-school operators to get government subsidies in return for keeping fees low

Published on Jan 27, 2014 6:00 PM
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Students at Eton House listen to a teacher. Three pre-school players have been appointed anchor operators, under a scheme that will see them set up more centres in Housing Board estates and charge affordable fees in return for government subsidies. -- ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH 

Three pre-school players have been appointed anchor operators, under a scheme that will see them set up more centres in Housing Board estates and charge affordable fees in return for government subsidies.

The three are: EtonHouse International's E-Bridge Pre-school, Kinderland Consortium's Skool4Kidz and Metropolitan YMCA's MY World Preschool.

The operators, which have been appointed for a tenure of five years, were selected based on their "track record", and their proposals showed "commitment and ability... to offer good quality and affordable programmes", said the Early Childhood Development Agency on Monday.

They were the first to qualify under the enhanced anchor operator scheme which was expanded for the first time to include private players. The scheme attracted 16 applications. As anchor operators, they will be required to keep fees below $720 a month for full-day childcare. In return, they will enjoy subsidised rent and a government grant which can be used to hire better-trained teachers, among other things.

 
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