Eight new MOE Kindergartens (MKs) will be opened across Singapore in 2022 as part of the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s announced the expansion to about 50 MKs by 2023, to provide parents with more choices for quality and affordable pre-school places.
In a press release on Thursday (30 May), the ministry stated that all eight MKs will be located within primary schools and will offer Kindergarten Care (KCare) services.
With the opening of these eight MKs, MOE will have 43 MKs by 2022, providing a total of about 5,800 MK places.
“This is part of our plans to relocate all community-based MKs to nearby primary schools,” said the ministry.
The eight new MKs will collaborate with Early Years Centres (EYCs) operated by PCF Sparkletots. This collaboration provides a continuum of quality and affordable pre-school services for children aged two months to six years old.
Under the MK-Anchor Operator EYC pilot announced in February 2017, all eligible Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident Nursery 2 (N2) children who are enrolled in these EYCs will be offered a Kindergarten 1 (K1) place in a nearby partner MK.
There will be MK places for children who do not come from Early Years Centres. Registration for admission to K1 in 2022 for the eight new MKs will take place in 2021.
The registration exercise will be open to Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident children born between 2 January 2017 and 1 January 2018 (both dates inclusive). Details of the exercise will be released in the first quarter of 2021.
The ministry said that for parents who require a full-day care service for their child, KCare services are available in all school-based MKs from Mondays to Fridays, 7 am to 7 pm.