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The Partner Operator (POP) scheme supports child care operators to keep fees affordable, build capabilities to raise quality, and improve career prospects for Early Childhood (“EC”) professionals. The scheme commenced in 2016. For the current term of the POP scheme, operators receive funding to:

a. Keep to a monthly fee cap of $800 and $1,400 (excluding GST) for full-day child care and infant care programme respectively for Singapore Citizen (SC) children, and ensure any fee increases are kept affordable for parents.

b. Invest in improving quality through the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework(SPARK),and in headquarter capabilities. 

c. Support continuing professional development and career progression opportunities for EC professionals.

For further enquiries, please contact​.

The call for applications to the next term of the scheme (2021-2025) with updated parameters is now open. For more details, please click here.​

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 Requirements on Fees and Size ​
1.  What are the fee caps that POP centres have to adhere to?

All currently-appointed POP centres must keep their fees within the fee caps under the POP scheme. The fee caps applies to full/half-day child care or infant care programmes for Singaporean children and are illustrated below: 


Fee Caps (before GST​)

Full day child care


Half day child care


Full day infant care


Half day infant care



2. Why is there a minimum size requirement of 300 child care places?

The POP scheme has a minimum size requirement to encourage economies of scale and career progression for teachers. Smaller operators may partner others to submit expressions of interest as a group. 

Selection of POPs and Future Plans 

3. How were the POPs selected? What were the evaluation criteria?        

The POPs were selected through an open and competitive process, based on the strength of their proposals and track record.


4. What is the POP scheme duration? Will there be an extension of the scheme after years? 

Operators currently appointed as POPs will receive funding support from 2016 – 2020. We have launched the call for operators to join the next term of the POP scheme, from 2021-25. Please click here for more details.

5. Will ECDA allow the appointed POP to open new centres so as to benefit more parents?

Addition of new centres or expansion plans by each operator will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. ECDA will consider the POP’s ability to meet the scheme requirements for all their participating centres. As we are approaching the end of the current POP term, ECDA will no longer appoint new centres to the existing POP term.

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You may view the list of POPs (under the 2016-2020 term) here Partner Operator Scheme.

The call for applications to the next term of the scheme (2021-2025) with updated parameters is now open. For more details, please click here.​

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As part of efforts to expand the provision of government-supported places, ECDA will extend the Partner Operator (POP) scheme with a new call for applications from childcare operators. The POP scheme was introduced in 2016 and currently has 23 POP operators running 250 childcare centres, which together benefit more than 20,000 Singapore Citizen (SC) children.

Under the new term (2021-2025), ECDA seeks to appoint more centres onto the POP scheme, which will continue to provide funding support to appointed childcare centres to further improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of their childcare and infant care services.

Please click here ​to read ECDA’s 2019 Media Release.

To apply, registered Key Appointment Holders should email with your centre codes for information on how to submit an Expression of Interest.​ Existing Partner Operators will also have to express their interest if they wish to be considered for the new term.

ECDA will acknowledge receipt of the email within 3 working days.

You are advised to email ECDA early to give sufficient time to prepare your application and supporting documents before the submission deadline on 31 Jan 2020, 5pm.

Information updated as at April 2020

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