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    10 OCT 2020

    Boosting Professional Development of Preschool Educators, Enhancing Outdoor Learning For Children and Expanding KidSTART to More Families


    At the Early Childhood Conference 2020 today, Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Masagos Zulkifli announced new initiatives to support our preschool professionals, children and families. These initiatives build on the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)’s continuing efforts to strengthen the development of EC educators, improve the quality of preschool programmes, and provide greater support for children with additional needs.



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    08 OCT 2020

    Building a caring and inclusive home for all


    Over 53,000 children from 950 preschools collectively dedicated 1.5 million hours of community service projects this year, as part of the President’s Challenge ‘Start Small Dream Big’ (SSDB) movement, initiated by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). This is the highest rate of participation since the movement started in 2015 with 150 preschools and 8,000 children.



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    19 JUN 2020

    More Than 53,000 Preschoolers To Give Back To The Community Through ‘Start Small Dream Big’ Movement


    The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) has launched the sixth edition of its President’s Challenge initiative, the ‘Start Small Dream Big’ movement, with more than 53,000 children ready to embark on projects that contribute to the community. The movement, which started with only 150 preschools in 2015, has grown six-fold to 950 preschools this year. This is the highest participation by preschools to-date and shows the sector’s resilience and determination to overcome a difficult time toge...



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    08 JUN 2020

    Covid-Safe Preschools Fund


    Thank you for partnering ECDA to implement the enhanced safe management measures under ‘COVID-Safe ABCs’ – COVID-Safe Access, COVID-Safe Behaviours, and COVID-Safe Classrooms, to ensure a COVID-safe environment for the children and staff in your centre.



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    28 MAY 2020

    Vast Majority of Preschool Staff Tested Negative in Proactive Swabs; 12 Positive Cases Mostly from Past Infections


    Ahead of the phased reopening of preschools from 2 June 2020, all preschools and Early Intervention staff are undergoing a one-time swab test. These tests are part of a broader suite of precautionary measures that have been progressively stepped up in preschools since January 2020. The tests commenced on 15 May 2020 and are scheduled to complete by end-May 2020.



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    25 MAY 2020

    About 15,300 Preschool Staff Tested Negative So Far from Proactive Testing


    Ahead of the reopening of preschools on 2 June 2020, all preschools and Early Intervention staff are undergoing a one-time swab test. The tests commenced on 15 May 2020 and are scheduled to complete by end-May 2020. We are now midway through the mass testing exercise.



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    21 MAY 2020

    3 Confirmed Covid-19 Cases Detected from Proactive Testing


    As part of stepped-up monitoring in conjunction with the reopening of preschools on 2 June 2020, all preschools and Early Intervention staff are undergoing a one-time swab test. The tests commenced on 15 May 2020 and are scheduled to complete by end-May 2020.



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    19 MAY 2020

    Phased Reopening of Preschools and Early Intervention Centres from 2 June 2020


    On 19 May 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce outlined plans to exit the Circuit Breaker measures on 1 June 2020.



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    30 APR 2020

    Advisory to Parents - Fee Offset for Extended Circuit Breaker Period (5 May – 1 June) for Those at Childcare Centres


    Earlier in April, we began a month-long Circuit Breaker. As part of the Circuit Breaker, preschools had to suspend general services. ECDA then called for preschools to provide parents with offsets for 50% of their nett fees, for Singaporean children not attending preschool during this period, with parents bearing the remaining 50% of fees. We had earlier written to you to explain why we did so.



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    21 APR 2020

    Childcare And Student Care Centres To Suspend General Services Until 1 June 2020; Kindergarten School Holidays To Begin 5 May 2020


    On 21 April 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced an extension of circuit breaker measures to 1 June 2020. In tandem, the suspension of general services by preschools, student care centres, special student care centres, and early intervention (EI) centres will also be extended to 1 June 2020.



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