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The Companion for your Centre’s Quality Improvement Journey

Since the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) was formed in April 2013, raising the quality of preschool education in Singapore has been one of our top priorities. We want all children to have access to good quality education and care.

It was with quality in mind that the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework, or SPARK, was introduced in 2011. Since then, preschools have been recognised for their continued efforts in providing quality preschool education, through SPARK Certification.

In this “SPARK for Preschools” section, preschools can find online resources to help them on their quality improvement journey.

Why should centres apply for SPARK Certification?

  • ​​SPARK certification is an endorsement of the quality of a preschool and its programmes.

  • SPARK assessment provides an objective evaluation of a centre's strengths and areas for improvement.

  • SPARK provides quality benchmarks to guide preschools in their improvement efforts.

  • SPARK provides parents with information to guide them in their selection of preschools. 


Participation in SPARK Certification

Preschools that wish to participate in SPARK assessment must meet all licensing / regulatory requirements and should be in operation for at least one year. Child care centres must have license tenures of at least 12 months and will go through supervisory checks upon their application for SPARK assessment. Kindergartens will also go through regulatory checks upon their application for SPARK assessment. Criterion 7 requirements on health, hygiene and safety, which were formerly part of SPARK assessment, have been integrated with licensing and regulatory checks.

For more information on the SPARK application process, preschools may go to the SPARK Portal at​ (log-in required).