Pre-school evolution: Lower fees, more choices for parents; higher pay for teachers

Toddlers enjoying a story telling session in the morning at Star Learners Preschool on Oct 11, 2022. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
K2 pupils from MOE Kindergarten @ Fern Green engaging in a Loose Parts Play session, a programme that teaches children about environmental sustainability. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM
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SINGAPORE – When five Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens were started in 2014 to provide affordable and quality early childhood education, there was concern that the pre-school sector would lose its diversity as the number of such facilities increased.

Eight years on, there are now 43 MOE kindergartens and there will be 60 by 2027, providing about 8,300 Kindergarten 1 (K1) places. By then, MOE kindergartens will be able to cater to about one-fifth of K1 and K2 children.

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