More childcare centres on the way

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament in Marchthat the Government was on track to create an additional 20,000 childcare places - in about 200 centres - by 2017.

Last year, 60 new childcare centres were set up, opening up 7,000 new spots for children.

Mr Chan said there would be at least 45 new centres this year, which will provide 5,000 more places.

The Government's Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS), which previously reached out to the lower-income groups, will be extended to middle-income families.

From January next year, the monthly household income ceiling of those eligible will be raised to $6,000, up from $3,500.

Lower-income families will enjoy subsidies of up to $160 a month, up from $108. Those who are on the highest tier of support, depending on their gross monthly household or per capita income, could pay just $1 every month for their child to attend kindergarten.