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
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Said Ms Lurvin Lee, operations director of Just Kids, a chain of 12 childcare centres: "Competition is fierce because there are so many centres now, including the mega childcare centres, and some parents are also being lured away by MOE kindergartens which give them priority access to certain primary schools."

Ms Lee said her centres used to be full and have children on waiting lists, but now some centres are only half full.

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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