More than 4,000 pre-school teachers to get training
IN A move to boost quality in the pre-school sector, the Government will pay for the training of more than 4,000 pre-school teachers over the next three years.
Aspiring and serving pre-school teachers who wish to gain early childhood education qualifications under the Workforce Skills Qualifications scheme can get up to 90 per cent of their course fees subsidised. Meanwhile, pre-school operators who send employees for training can get up to 80 per cent of those employees' wages paid for by the state.
Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing revealed these numbers in Parliament on Tuesday. He was responding to Ms Low Yen Ling (Choa Chu Kang GRC) and Mr Ang Hin Kee (Ang Mo Kio GRC), who wanted to know what the Government was doing to raise staff recruitment and retention in the pre-school sector.
With the Government aiming to open 200 new childcare centres by 2018, Mr Chan said that it was important to grow "new sources of manpower" by targetting both part-time and mid-career entrants.
He added that efforts to attract more people to the pre-school sector have paid off. Last year, employment in the sector grew by 25 per cent, while attrition fell from 15 to 13 per cent.