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Setting up a Centre

Guide to Setting up Centre

Guidelines for Centre-Based Infant/Toddler Care Services

Pre-Licensing Checklist for Child Care Centres

Apply for Child Care License

Towards Best Practices - Good Practices Handbook for Child Care Centres

Good Employers' Toolkit

Guidelines for Transfer of Ownership of Child Care Centres

Register for an Open Selection Project (for VWOs)

Apply for Student Care Centre

Recurrent Grant for Anchor Operator Scheme (for Non-Profits)

Tips For New Staff

Apply for Child Care Link Access and Manuals

Centre Key User Account

Student Care Centre User Account

VWO Account (Open Selection Process and Cyclical Maintenance)

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Setting up a Centre

Child Care Centre operators play an ever integral part in the child care industry. Our aim is to provide information and services to operators who are interested in setting up or sustaining child care centres.

Learn more about the procedures, requirements and regulations that are part and parcel of operating a centre.

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) oversee the setting up of child care centres in Singapore. Individuals and voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) who are interested in setting up a child care centre can email ECDA for advice at Contact@ecda.gov.sg or call 6258 5812.

Guide to setting up a centre

Simple Steps on Setting Up a Child Care Business

1. Finding Out About the Child Care Business - Visit a few centres and do an initial cost estimation to assess the viability of the business

Childcare Licenses

2. Pre-requisites for Setting Up a Child Care Centre - Child Care centres are subjected to licensing, physical and financial pre-requisites.

3. Choosing Suitable Premises - Decide on private residential, commercial premises, or HDB void deck.

4. Clearances from Relevant Government Departments - Get your chosen premises approved by governing agencies.

5. Child Care Centre License/Government Financial Support For Approved Organisations - Register your business and obtain a licence.

6. Starting Operations - Your centre can begin operation when the application for a child care centre licence has been approved.

Download PDF Guide To Setting Up a Child Care Centre

Guidelines for Centre-Based Infant/Toddler Care Services

Want to be part of a literally growing industry? Infant and Toddler Care centres offer a safe, nurturing, caring environment for the provision of quality child care for infants/toddlers between 2-18 months.

Find out more about the physical requirements, staffing prerequisites, details of the infant/toddler programme as well as safety, health, hygiene and nutrition matters.

Download PDF Guidelines for Infant/Toddler Care Services

Pre-Licensing Checklist for Child Care Centres

Ensure that the site for the centre is cleared for the issuance of Child Care Centre License in categories such as indoor environment, outdoor area, sanitary facilities, safety factors, administration and documents for verification.


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PRE-LICENSING SITE VISIT REPORT FOR ISSUANCE OF CHILD CARE CENTRE LICENCE

Apply for Child Care License

Apply for or renew your Child Care Centre licence online at Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS)

Towards Best Practices - Good Practices Handbook for Child Care Centres

This handbook is a useful resource for child care centres in providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. The photographs and illustrations in the handbook depict conducive learning environments that support positive learning and fun experiences for the children.

1. Content (31 KB)
2. Overview and Forward (63 KB)
3. Physical Environment (3556 KB)
4. Safety (2357 KB)
5. Philosophy (305 KB)
6. Programme (Part 1) (2997 KB)
7. Programme (Part 2) (2017 KB)
8. Programme (Part 3) (1329 KB)
9. Centre-Family Partnership (1409 KB)
10. Child Care Practitioners (1409 KB)
11. Administration (624 KB)
12. References (386 KB)
13. Useful Websites (225 KB)
14. Acknowledgement (110 KB)

Good Employers' Toolkit

The Good Employers' Toolkit is a one-stop resource guide for child care employers on matters related to manpower and human resource management in early childhood settings. The toolkit was developed to help child care employers manage their HR practices, business processes and productivity, as well as help them understand legal responsibilities and available training and funding schemes so as to attract and retain child care professionals in their centres.

The toolkit contains ready-to-use sample documents as well as reference links to further resources online. Success stories and case studies related to the child care industry are also included to provide insights to guide and improve HR practices.

Download PDF Good Employers' Toolkit

Guidelines for Transfer of Ownership of Child Care Centres

Privately-owned child care centres can be sold to another party like any normal business deal but there are several factors that govern such a transfer. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities, procedures required, legal arrangements and more, for both the buyer and seller, and how to ensure that the quality of care is not compromised.

Download PDF Guidelines on Transfer of Ownership

Register for an Open Selection Project (for Non-Profits)

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) plans and develops community-based child care centres. ECDA will identify suitable HDB void deck premises and invite proposals from eligible organisations through Open Selection Process (OSP) to operate the premises as a community service.

List of sites under Open Selection for VWOs
Download PDF Criteria for a successful Open Selection


VWOs who are interested to submit their proposals for the Open Selection Project can log on to http://www.childcarelink.gov.sg/ccls/slmVWORegn/slmVWORegnEnt1.jsp to register and submit their proposals on-line for the proposed CCC offered in the OSP.

Recurrent Grant for Anchor Operator Scheme (for Non-Profits)

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) introduced in July 2009, a recurrent grant for eligible non-profit childcare operators.

The introduction of the recurrent grant is part of ECDA' overall efforts to enhance the quality, accessibility and affordability of centre-based childcare, so as to better support working parents.

Download the press release to find out more about the objectives as well as the eligibility criteria for the scheme.

Download PDF Press release: Recurrent Grant for Anchor Non-Profit Childcare Operators

Tips For New Staff

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