The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

Families in Malaysia face rising childcare costs


PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - It's a double whammy for working couples with children - maids are hard to find while daycare centres have increased their fees in tandem with higher operation costs.

A check with several centres in the Klang Valley showed that they have raised fees by up to 10 percent over the past two years.

A staff member at a centre in Bukit Damansara, who declined to be named, said that it had to increase its fees by 10 percent every two to three years.

The centre, which also offers pre-school education inclusive of daycare for children aged three to six years, now charges about RM1,600 (S$641) per month.