SINGAPORE: Child care centres have adopted better staff—infant ratios than the minimum requirements under the Child Care Centres Act.
The Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Chan Chun Sing, said in practice child care centres have also employed para—personnel to provide better supervision and support for the infant caregivers.
He was responding to a question in parliament from the MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC, Ms Low Yen Ling, on whether the ministry will review the present guidelines for the maximum staff—child ratio, especially for infant care. The current ratio for infant care is one caregiver to five infants.
Mr Chan said the ministry conducts regular visits to the centres and advices them on staffing requirements. At the same time, it has started initiatives to increase the supply of trained infant caregivers.
"This is a more flexible approach in light of the limited supply of infant educarers. Raising the minimum licensing requirements would inevitably raise manpower costs. This in turn could deter centres from providing the needed infant care services, or to raise their fees," he said.
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