SINGAPORE: Residents living in the Bukit Panjang area can look forward to at least five new childcare centres over the next two to three years.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, said this at the opening ceremony of PCF Sparkletots Zhenghua infant and childcare centre.
He said this will reduce waiting time for parents, who have given feedback that they experienced difficulty in getting a place for their children.
The infant and childcare centre at Senja Road will cater to children ranging from two months to six years old.
In 2014, enrolment at the centre is expected to be at least 75 infants and children - 15 infants, 60 nursery and kindergarten kids.
In the new year, the centre will also offer music and integrate Lego education in their curriculum.
Dr Balakrishnan said: "The significant increase in the subsidy provided by the government have made childcare more affordable to a very wide range of families and in fact even for the low-income families with additional subsidy, I can honestly tell you that finance is not a limiting factor as far as access to childcare is concerned.
Suraya Sulaiman, centre principal of PCF Sparkletots Zhenghua, said: "Children learn better through music and music is fun to begin with. And through music, they learn language and literacy. And they also learn about numeracy in music, and physical development also impart into this music programme.
"Through Lego education, we use it as a tool for our learning process and we believe that it will be of a purposeful play. It is not that they just play for the fact of playing. so through Lego, children will learn better in terms of other factors." - CNA/de
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