PCF to open first 'mega' childcare centre for 300 children in Woodlands next year

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holding a hoop with sisters (from left), Priyadharshini, Pritika Bernice and Arosaini as a macaw flies through at the Jurong Bird Park during the annual PCF Family Day on Nov 1, 2015.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holding a hoop with sisters (from left), Priyadharshini, Pritika Bernice and Arosaini as a macaw flies through at the Jurong Bird Park during the annual PCF Family Day on Nov 1, 2015.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The PAP Community Foundation (PCF) will open its first 'mega' childcare centre in Woodlands in the second half of next year, it said on Sunday (Nov 1).

The two-storey centre at Woodlands Street 13 will cater to 300 children aged from 18 months to seven years.

It will have a rooftop play area and outdoor spaces, while classrooms will be designed to "integrate indoor learning with the outdoors", the foundation said in a statement.

"The children will focus on core skills to prepare themselves for schools and other developmental areas such as an appreciation of nature, the world around them and activities that promote health and wellness," the PCF said.

The PCF, a not-for-profit social service organisation, was running 371 pre-schools as of last month, of which there were 212 kindergarten centres and 159 childcare centres.

Its announcement coincided with its annual Family Day celebrations on Sunday. Held at Jurong Bird Park this year, it was attended by 10,000 PCF children and their parents. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the guest-of-honour at the event.

The PCF also said on Sunday that it opened its first eldercare facility - PCF Sparkle Care - in Changi-Simei in September.

The centre, which provides services in rehabilitation care, dementia care, social day care and nursing care, can cater to 55 daycare clients and up to 30 rehabilitation clients.

As of last Monday (Oct 26), there were 14 daycare clients and 21 rehabilitation clients.

Singaporeans may enjoy up to 80 per cent in subsidies from the Ministry of Health at the centre.

The PCF, in announcing the PCF Sparkle Care facility last year, had said that this is the first of 10 to 15 such centres it hopes to open by 2019.

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