Decline in number of faith-based kindergartens

Mrs Agnes Chee, principal of New Life Kindergarten, said her centre introduced enrichment activities over the past five years and launched a robotics and coding class this year.
Mrs Agnes Chee, principal of New Life Kindergarten, said her centre introduced enrichment activities over the past five years and launched a robotics and coding class this year.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
New Life Kindergarten pupils going through a road safety session at New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, where they are housed, on Oct 8, 2018.
New Life Kindergarten pupils going through a road safety session at New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, where they are housed, on Oct 8, 2018. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
New Life Kindergarten pupils during a coding class, which teaches kids how to code and control robots via tablets, on Oct 8, 2018.
New Life Kindergarten pupils during a coding class, which teaches kids how to code and control robots via tablets, on Oct 8, 2018.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The corridor of New Life Kindergarten in New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church on Oct 8, 2018.
The corridor of New Life Kindergarten in New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church on Oct 8, 2018.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Drop in enrolment as more prefer childcare centres; some adapt by tweaking their offerings to help working parents

The number of kindergartens affiliated with Christian and Catholic churches has fallen in recent years, as some convert to offering childcare and families' needs change.

The Straits Times understands that there are now about 80 such faith-based kindergartens, down from about 120 in 2012.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2018, with the headline 'Decline in number of faith-based kindergartens'. Print Edition | Subscribe