The price of play: Why some pre-schools cost more than $2,000 a month

Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens, first set up in 2014, set aside a third of their places for children from lower-income backgrounds.
Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens, first set up in 2014, set aside a third of their places for children from lower-income backgrounds.PHOTO: ST FILE

Push to ensure affordability and raise standards addresses concerns of many young families

Earlier this year, Mrs Gwendolyn Tan's youngest daughter, two, started attending a government-supported pre-school in Jurong.

It costs her $800 a month for full-day childcare - about 10 per cent of the family's monthly expenditure.

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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 'Shaking up the pre-school scene'. Print Edition | Subscribe