On the timetable: Field trips, creative writing, speech and drama, swimming

Chiltern House pre-schoolers enjoying a 30-minute playtime session involving a mix of children from K1 and K2 classes.
Children at a 30-minute NeuroMooves class at MindChamps PreSchool @ Toa Payoh. The operator's trademarked programmes are a big draw. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
My First Skool pre-schoolers taking part in a drawing activity. The operator has 143 centres here. Children at a 30-minute NeuroMooves class at MindChamps PreSchool @ Toa Payoh. The operator's trademarked programmes are a big draw. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY
Chiltern House pre-schoolers enjoying a 30-minute playtime session involving a mix of children from K1 and K2 classes. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
My First Skool pre-schoolers taking part in a drawing activity. The operator has 143 centres here. Children at a 30-minute NeuroMooves class at MindChamps PreSchool @ Toa Payoh. The operator's trademarked programmes are a big draw. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY
My First Skool pre-schoolers taking part in a drawing activity. The operator has 143 centres here. PHOTO: MY FIRST SKOOL, BUANGKOK CRESCENT

With a wide variety of options, childcare fees here vary widely, from about $700 to more than $2,000 monthly. Insight takes a look at the pre-school sector - from government-supported pre-schools that aim to provide a high-quality curriculum at low prices, to more upmarket private ones catering to a niche market.

The biggest players in the market are the anchor operators such as the PAP Community Foundation's (PCF) Sparkletots and NTUC First Campus' My First Skool, the two largest operators here. PCF Sparkletots has more than 350 centres, while My First Skool has 143.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 25, 2019, with the headline 'On the timetable: Field trips, creative writing,speech and drama, swimming'. Print Edition | Subscribe