​More Support To Enable Non-Anchor Operators To Expand Childcare Places In High Demand Areas And At Workplaces FAQS

 

A. GENERAL QUESTIONS

      1. What are the Support Schemes?

          The Support Schemes are a suite of measures introduced to support quality and  
          affordable non-anchor operator centres who, together with the anchor operators, will
          provide a diverse 
range of good pre-school centres to meet the overall pre-school demand 
          in Singapore, and cater to parents and children with differing needs.

          Operators may refer to the media release and additional information on Support Scheme
          
on ECDA’s website (http://www.ecda.gov.sg/Pages/Support-Schemes.aspx).

  

      2. Who will qualify for the Support Schemes?

          Non-anchor operators who meet the respective eligibility criteria set out for the Support 
          Schemes can qualify. This includes both commercial and VWO operators.

          Anchor operators receive funding under the Anchor Operator Scheme and thus will not be
          eligible for further support under the Support Schemes.

 

      3. When can I apply for the Support Schemes? How do I apply?

           Support Schemes are currently open for application. The Support Schemes application 
           form is available on ECDA’s website (http://www.ecda.gov.sg/Pages/Support-
           Schemes.aspx​
).
 

 

      4. Can applicants for the enhanced AOP scheme also apply for the Support Schemes, 
          while the AOP scheme evaluation is still ongoing?

          Yes. Operators who have applied for the enhanced AOP scheme may also submit 
          applications for the Support Schemes while the AOP evaluation is ongoing. Their Support 
          Scheme applications will have no bearing on the AOP evaluation process, which is 
          performed separately.

          Should the operator eventually be granted AOP status, centres supported under the AOP 
          scheme will not be eligible for the Support Schemes.

 

      5. Will there be a cap/quota on applications for each of the Support Schemes?

          There will not be any specific quota for the number of successful applicants for each 
          scheme. The number of successful operators depends on the quality of the proposals 
          submitted for each of the schemes.

 

      6. Will there be another tranche of Support Schemes?

          ECDA will review the impact of the current suite of Support Schemes on operators and 
          parents, and take into consideration the sector’s needs over time. Over the next few 
          months, ECDA will also be launching further initiatives in the areas of manpower and 
          professional development.

B. QUESTIONS ON AFFORDABILITY AND QUALITY CRITERIA

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      7. Will the fee caps change over time?

           Supported child care centres and kindergartens have to commit to keep their fees 
           affordable. ECDA will periodically review the fee caps to ensure they remain affordable 
           for parents. 

 
     8. How can centres find out if they are ready for SPARK? What support is 
          available for them to attain SPARK?

          ECDA conducts regular SPARK workshops and training to help centres to learn about the
          SPARK framework and better prepare themselves to use SPARK as a basis to embark on
          quality improvements. Centres may conduct self-assessment using the Quality Rating 
          S
cale to benchmark the quality of their centres and programmes.

          Centres can also apply for Quality Assurance coaching to help them work towards meeting 
          the standards outlined in SPARK. Through the coaching conducted by 
experienced ECE 
          practitioners and educators, centres will be guided in enhancing the 
quality of their 
          structures, processes and outcomes. They will receive advice in planning 
and executing 
          quality improvements in preparation for SPARK assessment. ECDA 
subsidises up to 80% 
          of the coaching charges.

          More information on SPARK can be found on http://www.ecda.gov.sg/SPARKinfo.

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c. QUESTIONS ON PORTABLE RENTAL SUBSIDY

   

    9. How does ECDA determine which are “high demand areas”?

        High demand areas are ones where the pre-schools within the area experience high enrolment
        rates (e.g. 90% or more for child care services) and where the provision of 
places for children of
        pre-school age in the area is insufficient, for example due to 
new developments with young
        families. Examples of such high demand areas include 
Punggol, Jurong West, Woodlands, Bukit
        Panjang and Tampines to name a few.

 

D. QUESTIONS ON PORTABLE RENTAL SUBSIDY

 

     10. Would a pre-school operator be able to benefit from the Portable Rental Subsidy if 
           he owns the child care or kindergarten premises?

          Centres would be eligible for the Portable Rental Subsidy if they have a valid lease agreement for
          the premises and is paying rent for its use. The subsidy would not be extended where no rental is
          payable (e.g. where the premises are owned by the operator).

 

E. QUESTIONS ON EXTENSION OF COMMUNITY & SPORTS FACILITIES SCHEME
    (CSFS)

 

    11. How does CSFS benefit developers and child care operators?

          Under the CSFS, developers / owners of qualifying commercial properties may apply to the URA
          for bonus gross floor area (GFA) for the equivalent amount of space set aside for approved
          community/sports facilities. Previously the scheme was only open to non-profit child care centres
          (e.g. VWOs and Anchor Operators) in high demand areas. ECDA has worked with URA to open
          the scheme to commercial child care centres who meet ECDA’s quality and affordability criteria.

 

F. QUESTIONS ON ENHANCEMENTS TO WORKPLACE CCC SCHEME

      12. Why is the workplace CCC scheme not open to kindergartens?

             The scheme is intended to cater to the needs of working parents, and through feedback 
             we understand that full-day child care needs are greater in such localities due to parents’ 
             working hours.

 

G. QUESTIONS ON TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES GRANT 

 
     13. Is there a limit to the number of Teaching and Learning Resources that a centre can apply
           for through the Grant?

           There is no limit to the number of items purchased under the Teaching and Learning Resources
           Grant, subject to the cap of $4,000 per year (inclusive of GST 1). Centres should take into 
           consideration the developmental needs of children and create a spread of opportunities to
           develop the children holistically, in the different areas of motor skills experiences, creative and
           aesthetics experiences, social and emotional experiences, and cognitive and language
           experiences.


[1] For GST-registered companies, the reimbursed amount will exclude GST, as the GST incurred on the puchases may be claimed from IRAS.


Information updated as at 12 December 2018

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