Waiting list for childcare centres shrinks by almost half

8,000 now compared with 13,800 in 2017; some operators note competition to get kids

The number of childcare places has shot up to around 170,000, from 90,000 in 2012. About 67 per cent of all places were filled as of late last year, compared with the situation in 2013, when all estates across Singapore had enrolment rates exceeding
The number of childcare places has shot up to around 170,000, from 90,000 in 2012. About 67 per cent of all places were filled as of late last year, compared with the situation in 2013, when all estates across Singapore had enrolment rates exceeding 73 per cent.ST FILE PHOTO

It is now easier for parents to score childcare spots for their kids, as the total number of childcare places here crosses the 170,000 mark.

The number of children on the waiting list for childcare centres has almost halved in just two years - from 13,800 in 2017 to about 8,000 now, said the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2019, with the headline 'Waiting list for childcare centres shrinks by almost half'. Subscribe