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Expect more childcare centres
by Gwendolyn Ng

RESIDENTS in newer housing estates can expect to see more childcare centres in their neighbourhoods.

This is to cater to a "tremendous" demand in such neighbourhoods, which typically see young couples with children as residents, said Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Chan Chun Sing.

After a visit to My First Skool Childcare Centre at Toa Payoh Lorong 4 yesterday, he told the media that MCYS is also exploring new sources of manpower, such as part-time workers.

MCYS may work with the Ministry of Manpower to attract more people to the childcare sector, he said.

But the father of two children, aged 10 and two, was quick to add that, ultimately, it is passion that will drive people to seek jobs in childcare.

He said: "You want people who are passionate about teaching...children. And that is more important than anything else."

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readers' comments

Disagree. Old aged should be taken care (supported) by their own children (and stay with them!) till their final days. Unless on cases whereby medical attention is required at all times then no choice. Old aged 'day care' can be considered as they maybe bored during day time if there's no other people is around the home.
Posted by mystrawberry on Fri, 3 Jun 2011 at 11:31 AM
Better than having maids! We need to raise our children without relying on them. Let them be independent and grow up like tough cookies able to take care of themselves.

Of course its not going to be cheap so subsidy part must come in for SINGAPOREAN (keyword).
Posted by mystrawberry on Fri, 3 Jun 2011 at 11:22 AM
My wish is not only more child-care centres but OLD AGED homes. We surely need these with the ageing population. Agree??
Posted by JUSTSPOREAN on Fri, 3 Jun 2011 at 09:36 AM
Whats the point of setting more childcare centres if the price does not reduce to help the resident? Wayang to show they "care" the public but what the "care" if "affordability" could be the first question. Paying off these centre, how much would they left and how comfortable can they live. So setup more centres simply to make more money themselves but SGean still suffer paying high price.
Posted by goodvsbad on Fri, 3 Jun 2011 at 09:01 AM

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