1 of 3 childcare centres in Singapore located at workplaces
A file photo of a pre-school teacher with her class. (Photo: AFP)
SINGAPORE: There are about 470 childcare centres located in workplaces, such as commercial premises, government buildings and industrial estates, as of June.These make up about one-third of all childcare centres in Singapore, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 3).
He was responding to a question from Nee Soon GRC Member of Parliament Lee Bee Wah about the number of workplaces that have childcare centres on their premises. Dr Lee also wanted to know whether the ministry will encourage companies of a certain staff size to provide on-site childcare facilities.Mr Lee said a variety of factors determine whether an employer would consider setting up a childcare centre on its premises.
Apart from the number of employees, other factors include the profile of employees, the employees’ preferences in the location of care services, the location of the workplace and business viability of a childcare centre.Measures are already in place to help developers and employers set up workplace-based childcare centres, he said.
40,000 pre-school places will be created over the next five years.