SINGAPORE: Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens aim to develop high quality teaching resources and not to chase enrolment numbers.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said this on Saturday as he announced the opening of five new MOE kindergartens next year.
There will be 540 places available at five new MOE kindergartens next year.
All of them come with care services and will be located in the heartlands.
Four of the kindergartens will be sited within Frontier Primary School (Jurong West Street 61), Punggol Green Primary School (Punggol Walk), Sengkang Green Primary School (Fernvale Road), West Spring Primary School (Bukit Panjang Ring Road), while one will be located at Blk 318A Yishun Ave 9.
The five existing MOE kindergartens will offer 380 places next year.
Mr Heng said: "It serves as important platforms for us to pilot new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning in our kindergartens, so in terms of numbers, we'll be happy if it provides for some of the demand in the neighbourhoods, but our aim is not to chase after particular numbers."
About 50 parents attended an open house on Saturday morning at Dazhong Primary School, one of the locations of an existing MOE kindergarten.
They were briefed on admissions criteria, school fees, and curriculum.
Mr Heng said: "Some of them in particular like the fact that it can provide for better integration with the primary school years, and they also like the fact that there are so many activities that engage them so they feel very involved, and this is exactly what we hoped to see."
Parents can also look forward to an emphasis on bilingualism at MOE kindergartens.
The Starlight Literacy Programme, one of two flagship programmes in the MOE kindergarten curriculum, aims to provide children with a strong foundation in the learning of both English and their Mother Tongue language.
In addition, Mother Tongue language storybooks used in the kindergartens are developed by language experts at the Education Ministry. These experts are also the same people who craft the curriculum at Primary One level.
This is all part of efforts to make the learning of Mother Tongue languages easier for children when they enter primary school.
The MOE kindergarten curriculum also features a distinct Singapore flavour which allows children to learn in an authentic context.
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