Singapore has a high-quality infrastructure for child care right from infant level. A number of child-care and infant care centres are present, giving working parents the option of keeping their child in the care centre and going to work, instead of one parent having to stay at home full time to mind the child.
Child care centres (children aged 18 months and upwards) are far more numerous than infant care centes (children 2 months to 18 months old). Generally, the infant care centre is a spin-off of the primary child-care centre. As of May, 2015, there were 393 Singapore infant care centres available to parents , with 3769 children enrolled, and average full day fees of $1445 per month.
Listed below are some of the popular infant care centres in Singapore:
PCF has been around since 1991. It offers care services for infants from 2 months old, to students up to 14 years old. It also has quite a few branches, so that is an advantage when parents want the centre to be close by and don’t wish to spend too much time driving them back and forth.
My First Skool:
This too has some centres at different locations, to ensure easy reach from different neighbourhoods. Their Skool-Educare curriculum is specially designed for children aged 2 months to 3 years. Sensory, motor and self-help skills are taught through object-based activities.
This group tries to make learning fun by adopting a learning-through-experience approach. With the advantage of many centres, this again is a good choice for parents considering child care centres. Children are given liberty, under keen supervision, to explore and learn on their own.
Learning vision is an employer-sponsored child care centre. This means they have tie-ups with corporates and institutions, whose employees’ children are taken in by the centre. Learning vision has earned some awards over the years, including Healthy Eating award, Outstanding Teacher award and some others.
This brand has bi-lingual teaching programme, with English and Chinese-Mandarin being the languages employed. Phonemic awareness, literature, writing etc are some of the course components here.
Inspired by Program for Infant/Toddler Care, Skool4kidz focuses on nurturing the relationship between the care-giver and the infant. It is formed by Kinderland Educare Services and Dr. Jane Ching-Kwan.
My World Pre-School:
The teachers at My World Pre-School are inculcated with values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Through teachers, the school strives to teach children about everyday problem-solving, ability to observe and read intentions, among others.