Infant Care in Singapore: The Ultimate Guide To School Fees, Locations, Subsidies and More
With an increase in dual-income families, parents often require assistance in caring for children and household duties.
During my time, it was common to have domestic helpers to provide an extra pair of helping hands at home.
Over the years, infant care programmes have been introduced to provide specialised care for young children.
As parents, we recognise the need for a conducive environment for children to learn and grow.
Choosing a suitable infant care programme is important as the right curriculum would be imperative for the child’s early developmental stages.
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How Old Does My Child Have To Be To Attend an Infant Care Programme?
Parents can start sending their children to infant care as early as two months old.
Most childcare centres that offer infant care programmes would cater to an age range of 2 to 17 or 18 months old (depending on centre).
Infant care programmes are usually offered in child care centres that have programmes catered for various age groups.
For instance, children can start attending pre-school programmes beyond 18 months old.
TL;DR: Infant Care in Singapore: Which Has the Cheapest School Fees?
|Name of School||Half-Day Infant Care Programme (7am to 1pm)||Full-Day Infant Care Programme (7am to 7pm)||Fees to note|
|Agape Little Uni||$856||$1498||$535 (Enrolment Fee)
$3.21 (Annual Insurance)
$85.60 (Mattress + 2 covers)
|Cherie Hearts||$1,280||$1,680||$150 (Registration Fee)|
|E-Bridge by Etonhouse||-||$1,275 (w/o GST)||$85.60 (Registration Fee)
$4.28 (Annual Insurance)
|Greentree Montessori||7am to 3pm:|
|Maple Bear||$1,780 (Before Subsidy)|
$1,604.60 (After Subsidy)
|$2,180 (Before Subsidy)|
$1,732.60 (After Subsidy)
$5.35 (Annual Insurance)
|MindChamps||$2,300 (w/o GST)||$2,500 (w/o GST)||-|
|My First Skool||-||$1,364.25 (Before Subsidy)||$85.60 (Registration Fee)
$5.35 (Annual Insurance)
$107 - 4 sets (Uniform)
$17.12 (2 sets of mattress cover)
|MY World Preschool||$963||$1364.25 (with GST)||-|
|Pat’s Schoolhouse||7am to 5:30pm:|
$2,354 to $2,386
|$2,568 to $2,600.10||$588.50 (Registration Fee)|
|PCF Sparkletots Pre-school||-||$1364.20 (w/o GST), before subsidies||$53.50 (Registration Fee)
$3 (Annual Insurance)
|Skool4kidz||-||$1,360||$85.60 (Registration Fee)
$3.21 (Annual Insurance)
$35/set - min. 3 sets (Uniform)
Prices are based on Singapore Citizen rates. Varies for Permanent Residents and Foreigners
Government Subsidies for Infant Care for Singaporean Children
A younger age would mean a more dedicated level of care from the educators.
This is reflected in the staff-to-child ratio, which is 1:5, as compared to a pre-school’s 1:8.
Due to this level of commitment, infant care programmes are more expensive as compared to childcare programmes for later years.
To help with this, there are government subsidies available to make infant care more affordable.
Infant Care Subsidy for Singaporean Children by Anchor Operator or MOE
All families of Singapore citizen children enrolled in ECDA-licensed childcare centres will receive Basic Subsidy for infant care.
The basic subsidy for infant care programmes is set at $600.
There is also Additional Subsidy for families that meet the eligibility criteria.
Enhanced Monthly Subsidy for Full-Day Infant Care Programmes:
|Mother's Employment Status||Gross Monthly Household Income||Gross Monthly Per Capita Income (PCI)||Basic Subsidy||Additional Subsidy||Max Total Subsidy*|
|Working Mothers||$3,000 and below||$750 and below||$600||$710||$1,310|
|$3,001 - $4,500||$751 - $1,125||$640||$1,240|
|$4,501 - $6,000||$1,126 - $1,500||$500||$1,100|
|$6,001 - $7,500||$1,501 - $1,875||$380||$980|
|$7,501 - $9,000||$1,876 - $2,250||$240||$840|
|$9,001 - $10,500||$2,251 - $2,625||$100||$700|
|$10,501 - $12,000||$2,626 - $3,000||$40||$640|
|Above $12,000||Above $3,000||N/A||$600|
*Subject to a minimum co-payment by parents
Subsidies will be directly disbursed to the centre. Parents only need to pay the net amount after all subsidies, and this amount can be paid with the child’s Child Development Account (CDA) as well,
The Anchor Operator (AOP) scheme was also introduced in 2009 and it provides funding support to ensure that preschools are kept affordable and of good quality.
There are currently five pre-schools that have been appointed an anchor operator by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA): E-Bridge Pre-School, My First Skool, MY World Preschool, PCF Sparkletots Preschool and Skool4Kidz.
Factors To Consider When Looking for an Infant Care Programme
There are usually a few factors parents take into consideration when choosing a Preschool:
- The location of the Preschool: So that they find a convenient preschool to send and pick up their child before and after work.
- The cost of the Preschool programme: Prices vary greatly depending on factors such as the reputation and curriculum. It is important to find the programme that works for your budget.
- Teacher-Child Ratio: Some parents use this as an indicator to determine the amount of attention their child receives from the teacher.
- Types of Preschool programme: There are a few variations of programmes available in schools to better prepare our next generation for the world. Examples of programmes include bilingual lessons, music or even art-focused programmes.
- Infant care hours: Some of these centres have different hours according to their programmes, where some half-day programmes last till 3pm,
- Age group for infant care: While most centres cater from 2 to 18 months for their infant care programmes, some centres have an age cut-off at 17 months.
Ultimate Guide to the Best Infant Care Programmes in Singapore
Agape Little Uni
Agape Little Uni was established in 1995 and has since expanded to more than 200 staff and has enrolled more than 1000 children.
Agape means “unconditional love” in Greek, and this centre aims to create a home away from home.
Their Infant and Toddler Programme focuses on daily interactions, relationships and experiences with children and their families.
Activities with infants and toddlers include the integration of various learning areas such as language, music appreciation and motor skills development. These are achieved through storytelling, songs & rhymes and sensorial games.
Infant care programmes are offered at three of their centres:
|Agape Little Uni Infant Care Outlets||Address||Contact Number||Email Address|
|Cecil||101 Cecil Street, #01-01, Tong Eng Building, (S)069533||6223 8081||[email protected]|
|Compassvale||Blk 293B & 293C, Compassvale Crescent, #01-53, Singapore 542293||6816 0112||[email protected]|
|Upper Serangoon||#01-353, Blk. 473D, Upper Serangoon Crescent, S(538473)||6920 9473||[email protected]|
Cherie Hearts believe that every child is a unique individual who deserves to reach his potential.
At Cherie Hearts, their purposeful multi-literacies curriculum approach enhances children’s holistic growth, allows children to experience personal success and develop a joy for learning.
For the infant care programme, Cherie Hearts has a My First Journey curriculum that provides infants and toddlers a range of activities that stimulate development in the various learning domains (Language & Communication, Emotional, Social, Cognitive and Physical).
Cherie Hearts now has 20 centres islandwide.
E-Bridge by Etonhouse
EtonHouse was selected to be part of the Anchor Operator (AOP) Scheme which led to the launch E-Bridge Pre-School, providing high quality and affordable early childhood services for Singaporean families.
So what’s the difference between EtonHouse and E-Bridge?
EtonHouse offers an international, multicultural learning environment that has children from 61 different nationalities. The children in E-Bridge pre-schools will be Singaporean families who will move on to the Singapore primary schools, ensuring that what is taught would be aligned with Singapore’s formal schooling route.
E-Bridge follows the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and focuses on learning through inquiry.
E-Bridge offers infant care services for the following centres:
|E-Bridge Infant Care Outlets||Address||Contact Number||Email Address|
|East Region||Blk 17 Circuit Road #01-01 S370017||6742 0869||[email protected]|
|North Region||Blk 504, Yishun Street 51,#01-05 S760504 (Main Bay)|
Blk 431D, Yishun Ave 1, #01-611 S764431
Blk 432C, Yishun Ave 1, #01-543 S763432
Blk 432D, Yishun Ave 1, #01-567 S764432
|6555 9276||[email protected]|
|Blk 590B Montreal Link #01-39 S752590 |
592C Montreal Link #01-26 S753592 (Main Bay)
|6465 9538||[email protected]|
|Blk 573 Woodlands Drive 16 #03-01 S730573 (Main Bay)|
Blk 573C Woodlands Drive 16 #01-668 S733573
|6904 8612||[email protected]|
|North-East Region||20 Sengkang Square, S544709||6290 9590||[email protected]|
|Blk 178A Rivervale Crescent, #01-453, S541178||6443 6563||[email protected]|
|Blk 670 Edgefield Plains #01-01 S820670|
670B Edgefield Plains #01-630 S22670
670C Edgefield Plains #01-632 S823670
|6444 7545||[email protected]|
|78 Edgedale Plains S828683||6481 2680||[email protected]|
|Blk 217 Compassvale Drive S540217||6386 5350||[email protected]|
|Blk 365B Upper Serangoon Rd|
|6282 0069||[email protected]|
|Blk 226A/B & 227A/B Sumang Lane|
|6969 7329||[email protected]|
|Blk 417A & 418C Fernvale Link S791417||6312 9328||[email protected]|
|West Region||Blk 443 Bukit Batok West Ave 8, #01-11 S650443||6251 5432||[email protected]|
|Blk 92 Telok Blangah St 31, #02-257 S100092||6256 5965||[email protected]|
|Blk 140 Corporation Drive, S610140||6256 4210||[email protected]|
Established in the year 1990, Greentree Montessori supports a mindful approach to education, parenting and human development by adopting the Montessori Method, the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) approach, the Pikler approach, and a natural environment.
Their infant care programme focuses on the following:
- Practising respect and freedom
- Developing confidence
- Having autonomous exploration and discovery
- Boosting attention span
- Developing self-discipline
- Building trusting relationships
- Having opportunities to participate in all tasks
- Experiencing reciprocal and responsive care
- Immersing in language exposure
- Building listening skills
- Receiving quality communication and interaction
- Developing gross and fine motor skills
- Developing problem-solving skills
- Becoming accustomed and comfortable with body movements
The infant care programme is available at the Greentree Montessori Children Cottage:
- Address: 26 Jalan Shaer, Singapore 769372
- Contact Number: 6970 5320
- Email: [email protected]
Kinderland’s infant and toddler programme focuses on providing opportunities for sensory, cognitive, creative, social and emotional stimulation during a child’s crucial growing months.
The KinderBabes and KinderTots programmes are specially designed to allow each child to explore their own abilities.
Some areas of focus include:
- Sensory-Motor Development
- Language and Cognitive Growth
- Creative Stimulation Through Senses
- Social and Emotional Connection
Infant care programmes are available at the following outlets:
|Kinderland Infant Care outlets||Address||Contact Number|
|Choa Chu Kang (Beside Lot One)||Blk 309 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, #02-01,|
|Choa Chu Kang (Sunshine Place)||Blk 475 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, #02-15, Singapore 680475|
|Hougang||Blk 202, Hougang St.21, #03-00, Singapore 530202|
|Loyang Point||258 Pasir Ris Street 21 #02-23 Loyang Point Singapore 510258|
|Marine Parade||87 Marine Parade Central #03-201 Singapore 440087|
|Ministry of National Development||7 Maxwell Road MND Complex Annexe B, #06-02, Singapore 069111||6323 1138|
|Revenue House (for Staff from Ministries and Government Agencies Only)||55 Newton Road #05-01,|
|Sengkang||363 & 365 Lorong Buang Kok, Singapore 547687|
|Upper Changi||769 Upper Changi Road East,
|Woodlands Civic Centre||900 South Woodlands Dr #05-03,
|Woodlands Mart||768 Woodlands Ave 6 #02-01,
|Yio Chu Kang||449 Yio Chu Kang Road,
Maple Bear utilises the Canadian methodology and curriculum and refines it to suit Singapore children.
They currently have more than 41,000 students in 447 Maple Bear schools worldwide.
Maple Bear also focuses on the importance of being bilingual and uses a signature bilingual immersion methodology, carefully designing programmes to allow children to develop their social, emotional, motor, language and cultural skills.
For their infant care programme, Bear Care, children of 6 weeks and above are accepted and schedules are arranged to suit the best needs of the child.
Spaces and places have developmentally appropriate toys and furnishings that will accommodate the needs of the children as well.
There are 14 Maple Bear outlets that offer infant care:
|Maple Bear Infant Care Outlets||Address||Contact Number|
|Alexandra (Alexis)||354 Alexandra Road #01-21 Alexis Singapore 159948||8858 0777|
|Bukit Timah (Horsecity)||100 Turf Club Road|
#01-02 Blocks D/E/F Horsecity
|Harper Junior||73 Upp Paya Lebar Rd Centro Bianco #02-01 Singapore 534818||9357 2823|
|Havelock (Annex @ Furama)||407 Havelock Road|
#04-01 [email protected]
|Highgate||2 Highgate Walk|
|9777 4866 / 6467 2714|
|Lavender||2 Kallang Avenue|
#04-16, CT Hub
|6493 7168 / 9029 8981|
|Moulmein||207 Balestier Road|
|Orchard (Claymore Connect)||442 Orchard Road|
#02-05 Claymore Connect
(Located next to Orchard Hotel)
|St. Michael||1 Jalan Taman|
#01-01 St Michael's Place
|Toa Payoh||978 Toa Payoh North, #01-01|
|Bedok (Panasonic Building)||202 Bedok South Ave 1|
|9777 4866 / 9424 4188|
|SIA Group Sports Club||726 Upper Changi Road East|
|6214 8170 / 9661 6735|
|Bukit Batok||15 Bukit Batok St 22|
#02-01, Propell Building
|Jubilee||31 Jubilee Road|
Founded almost two decades ago, MindChamps based their education outline on a 3-Mind approach.
They develop their programme around cultivating the Learning Mind, Creative Mind and the Champion Mind.
MindChamps constantly research for ways to liberate and train the instinct for creativity and problem-solving skills for children enrolled under their programme.
It uses the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ elements for its infant care programmes, which represents- Sensory, Motor, Intellectual, Linguistic, Emotional and Social.
There is only one Mindchamps outlet that offers the infant care curriculum:
- Address: 3 Biopolis Drive, Synapse #01-11, Singapore 138623
- Contact Number: 6684 5568 or 9831 4567
- Email: [email protected]
Mulberry Learning is the first preschool network in the world to be certified by The Institute for Habits of Mind.
It has also won awards since 2016 including the Young Parents SG Parents’ Choice award.
Mulberry Learning focuses on the use of Experiential Learning as the main approach for its Infant & Toddler Programme, and encourages children to be mini-explorers through learning spaces, playing with toys, musical instruments, and textural materials.
It mainly follows five domains:
- Music & Stories
- Muscle Development
- Thematic Discovery
- Multi-Sensory Experience
|Mulberry Learning Infant Care Outlets||Address||Contact Number|
|Alexandra||12 Hoy Fatt Road,|
#02-01 Bryton House
|Braddell||1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh, #01-02/03/04
|Cairnhill||1 Anthony Road
|Jurong East||31 International Business Park,
|Kallang||8 Stadium Walk #02-05 Water Sports Centre Singapore 397699|
|Shenton Way||6A Shenton Way
#03-01/04 Downtown Gallery
|Toa Payoh||743 Toa Payoh Lorong 5,
|Woodlands||21 Woodlands Close
#01-01/02/17 Primz BizHub
My First Skool
My First Skool is the pre-school arm of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) First Campus Co-operative.
They have been in business since the year 1977, and aim to give working families peace of mind, by making quality child development and care services accessible.
It offers the infant care programme for children of 2 months to 17 months old to maximise the potential of every child’s earliest years.
It also adopts a relationship-based approach to early years education that builds strong, nurturing relationships between teacher and child.
Research has shown that children are more engaged and involved in learning when a relationships-based approach is adopted.
As such, My First Skool’s relationships-based curriculum approach helps children to develop a positive, “I can do it” spirit and also helps build confidence and resilience.
My First Skool has over 145 centres islandwide, so do check which one’s the nearest to you!
Do visit My First Skool’s website if there are any enquiries.
Contact Number: 6509 7887
Email Address: [email protected]
MY World Preschool
MY World Preschool has been nurturing young children since 1980.
It is also one of the institutions that have been appointed as an Anchor Operator by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) in 2014.
Their core values include: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
MY World Preschool adopts a learner-centred and inquiry approach to teaching, and follows the six guiding principles (S.T.R.O.N.G.):
- Scaffolded Play
- Teachers as Facilitators
- Respectful & Supportive Partnerships
- Observation & Documentation
- Nurture & Empower
- Guided Participation
There are 38 outlets around Singapore offering different services at different prices, so do check in with the one you’re interested in to find out more.
Pat’s Schoolhouse has been established for over 30 years, and prides itself as the pioneer of the Bilingual Immersion Core Curriculum since 1988.
To allow a holistic development of children, both English and Mandarin teachers will create the teaching plan together and will be co-partners in the same classroom.
Pat’s Schoolhouse also looks at inquiry-embedded play approach, and even an enhanced music-integrated curriculum, with in-house music specialists leading children with songs, stories, rhymes, games, movement and the playing of percussion instruments.
There are two outlets that offer infant care programmes at Pat’s Schoolhouse:
|Pat's Schoolhouse Infant Care Outlets||Address||Contact Number|
|Grassroots||190 Ang Mo Kio, Ave 8, #01-04 The Grassroots' Club, Singapore 568046||6781 2288|
|Prinsep||30 Prinsep Street, [email protected], #04-01 and #05-01, Singapore 188647|
PCF Sparkletots Pre-School
Singaporeans usually label these preschools as “PAP Kindergarten”.
PCF stands for PAP Community Foundation. It is a charitable foundation founded by the Singapore People’s Action Party.
PCF Sparkletots preschool is one of the initiatives from this foundation.
PCF Sparkletots now has 360 childcare centres and kindergartens islandwide.
Skool4Kidz is another Anchor Preschool Operator appointed by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).
Its campus even won the International Architecture Award 2019 (Community and Public Centers) as one of the world’s best in architectural excellence and sustainability innovation in urban architecture.
Under the Toddler & Infant Programme, it is designed as an age and needs-appropriate curriculum that promotes love, respect and understanding.
There are 19 Skool4kidz outlets in Singapore:
|Skool4kidz Preschool Outlets||Address||Contact Number|
|Skool4kidz Campus @ Yishun||61 Yishun Avenue 11|
|+65 6257 2456||[email protected]|
|Woodlands Ring Road||Blk 628A #01-282|
|+65 6462 6513||[email protected]|
|Woodlands Crescent Meadow||Blk 782D #01-341|
|+65 6375 4149||[email protected]|
|Marsiling Drive||Blk 24 #01-191|
|+65 6368 9244||[email protected]|
|Sembawang Canberra East Crown||Blk 128B #01-530|
Canberra Street S(752128)
|+65 6950 0308||[email protected]|
|Sembawang Sunbreeze||Blk 365 #01-11|
Sembawang Crescent S(750365)
|+65 6950 0309||[email protected]|
|Yishun Orchid Spring||Blk 430A #01-376|
Yishun Avenue 11 S(761430)
|+65 6710 5137||[email protected]|
|Yishun Oleander Breeze||Blk 512 #01-01|
Yishun Street 51 S(760512)
|+65 6257 5404||[email protected]|
|Skool4Kidz Campus @ Sengkang Riverside Park||3 Anchorvale Crescent, S(544618)||+65 6817 3430||[email protected]|
|Skool4Kidz Campus @ Fernvale Lane||60 Sengkang West Avenue|
|Hougang Buangkok Square||Blk 992B #01-181|
Buangkok Link S(532992)
|+65 6950 0305||[email protected]|
|Punggol Waterway Banks||Blk 673A #01-593|
Edgefield Plains S(821673)
|+65 6702 5608||[email protected]|
|Punggol Waterway Cascadia||Blk 314A #02-601|
Punggol Way S(821314)
|+65 6817 3890||[email protected]com.sg|
|Sengkang Anchorvale Crescent||Blk 336B #01-38 S(541336)||+65 6702 5186||[email protected]|
|Senja Parc View||Blk 636C #01-335|
Senja Road S(673636)
|+65 6465 6117||[email protected]|
|Bedok Ping Yi Greens||Blk 807C #01-56|
Chai Chee Road S(463807)
|+65 6243 6564||[email protected]|
|Tampines GreenForest||Blk 878C #02-65|
Tampines Avenue 8 S(523878)
|+65 6817 3895||[email protected]|
|Tampines GreenLeaf||Blk 524A #01-51|
Tampines Central 7 S(521524)
|+65 6853 6469||[email protected]|
|Tampines GreenRidges||Blk 606B #01-404|
Tampines St 61 S(522606)
|+65 6931 2961||[email protected]|
Infant Care in Singapore: The Ultimate Guide To School Fees, Locations, Subsidies and More
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