Currently, there are a total of 1,318 child care centers and 495 kindergartens in Singapore as of Q2 2016.
Child care centers provide child care services for children ranging from 18 months to 6 years old. In addition, some of the child care centers also provide infant care programs for infants from 2 to 18 months old. These centers may offer full-day, half-day and flexible programs that cater to the schedules of working parents. Out of the 100,522 enrolments in child care centers, 92,115 of them are enrolled into a full-day program.
Kindergartens provide 3 years of early childhood development programs for children between 4 to 6 years old. There are also programs available for children at the age of 2 years old, which are playgroups, nursery 1 and nursery 2. Most kindergartens allocate 2 sessions a day, each ranging from 3 to 4 hours, on Monday to Friday. The largest kindergarten operator is PCF (PAP Community Foundation) as of today.
Similarly, the child care centers and kindergartens are managed by the Early Childhood Development Agency (also known as ECDA).
The school fees charged by child care centers and kindergartens are of different rates and miscellaneous fees.
Both the child care centers and kindergartens are required to adhere to the teacher versus student ratio set by ECDA.