In May 2015, as part of the country’s efforts to ramp up childcare places to meet the high demand, the Singapore government announced five locations to house new mega child care centres. The sites are in Jurong West, Punggol, Sengkang, Woodlands and Yishun. These areas have been targeted due to the large number of young families.

The mega centres will be run by Anchor Operators (AOPs) appointed by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). There are currently five AOPs: NTUC My First Skool, PAP Community Foundation, Metropolitan YMCA MY World Preschool, Skool4Kidz and EtonHouse International’s E-bridge Pre-school. Each centre will take in 300 to 500 children each.

All five centres will get government grants and priority in securing sites in HDB estates, but must keep fees below $720 a month, among other conditions.

We hit the spotlight on the state’s upcoming mega centres.


Skool4kidz at Yishun Artist Impression

Mega Childcare Centre: Skool4Kidz, run by a consortium led by Kinderland.

When: By the middle of 2016

Where: Located next to Block 415 along Yishun Avenue 11 Singapore

What to expect:

Skool4Kidz Yishun Mega Childcare Centre

Measuring up to 1,990 sq m over two storeys, the centre will accommodate up to 300 students. A highlight of the school is the community garden, where students can harvest vegetables and herbs for their meals. A glass panel will separate the kitchen and its alfresco dining area, so children can see how their lunch is being prepared. On top of covered and outdoor play spaces, there will be an art atelier, where children can make use of recycled and natural art materials express themselves.

Yishun Mega - Childcare Centre Skool4Kidz

Photo source: Skool4Kidz

The childcare fees per month at Skool4Kidz is estimated to be at $770 for toddlers, playgroup and nursery (age 18 months to 6 years old), excluding other fees and expenses. The infant care fees per month is (age 2 to 17 months) is about $1360.

Registration is now open. Parents can register via


Mega Childcare Centre: The PAP Community Foundation (PCF)

When: Second half of 2016

Where: Along Woodlands Street 12, near Woodlands Swimming Complex and Woodlands Stadium

What to expect:

The centre will cater to 300 children, aged 18 months to 7 years. The double-storey centre will have classrooms designed to offer learning spaces that integrate with the  green outdoors. It will also house rooftop play area. Children will focus on core skills to prepare themselves for school and other areas such as appreciation of nature and activities that promote health and wellness.

The school will tap on nearby amenities such as the Woodlands Park and Sports Stadium to offer a holistic learning experience.

Fees are being worked out, but will be within a monthly cap of $770, after GST. Priority will be given to parents whose children are not yet enrolled in any of its centres.

Registration is now open. Parents can register via


Layout of Mega Childcare Centre in Sengkang

Photo source: Channel News Asia

Mega Childcare Centre: NTUC First Campus My First Skool

When: By the middle of 2016

Where: Sengkang Junction of Fernvale Link and Sengkang West Way, near Blocks 430 and 430A-D

What to expect:

The centre will carry a capacity of 500, well above the average of 100 for a typical centre in a HDB void deck. On top of My First Skool’s regular curriculum, the 2,500 sq m centre will focus on giving children an early start in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem).

The Sengkang site will also host an early intervention centre by the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (Awwa), the first of its kind here to be co-located with a childcare centre. The Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children centre will serve up to 300 children with special needs, who will visit the centre for therapy services.

Registration is now open. Parents can register via


Mega childcare centre E-Bridge Pre School Punggol

Mega Childcare Centre: E-Bridge Pre-School, managed by EtonHouse International Education Group

When: Second quarter of 2016

Where: 78 Edgedale Plains, near Horizon Primary School

What to expect:

E-bridge campus at Edgedale Plains Mega childcare centre in Singapore

Spread over 5,000 sq m (the size of four Olympic-size swimming pools), children will enjoy a spacious rooftop garden with a running and cycling track and a movable maze, as well as dedicated spaces for water play, sand play, performing arts and a food atelier.

The centre will encompass several features and an innovative ecological design, which are a first for Singapore’s early childhood scene. These include mass temperature screening facilities, early lightning warning system and solar-powered outdoor lighting.

E-Bridge Pre-School at Edgedale Plains Punggol

E-Bridge Pre-School at Edgedale Plains Punggol

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Childcare fees per month are $720 and infant care is $1,275 per month before subsidies for Singapore citizens.

Registration is now open. Parents can register via


Mega Childcare Centre: AOP not announced

When: By the middle of 2016

Where: Jurong West Along Jurong West Street 65, near Boon Lay Secondary School