ECDA PARTNER OPERATOR SCHEME (POP)​​


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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. Operators will receive funding to:

   a. Reduce their current fees, keep to a monthly fee cap of $800 and $1,400 (excluding GST) for 
        full-day child care and infant care respectively, 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 sector_funding@ecda.gov.sg​ and provide us with your query and contact details, or call our hotline at 67359213. 


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

        All POP centre must keep their fees within the fee cap under the POP scheme. The fee cap 
        applies to full/half-day child or infant care programme for Singaporean children and is 
        illustrated below: 

Programme

​Fee Cap (before GST)

Full day child care

$800

Half day child care

$600

Full day infant care

$1,400

Half day infant care

$1,000

 

 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. ECDA will further support POPs in strengthening HQ capabilities for
         better coordination and resource sharing. 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 
       5 years? 

       Operators selected to be POPs will receive funding support from Year 2016 – 2020. We will      
       evaluate the need for extension at the end of the appointment, taking into consideration the 
       outcomes of the scheme. 

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.
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6.     Would ECDA open a second round of applications?      

        ECDA will monitor the implementation of the scheme before considering whether another round of
        applications is necessary.​

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You may view the list of POPs here Partner Operator Scheme

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Information updated as at 02 November 2018​

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