We may resort to queueing too, say other parents
People queueing overnight for childcare centre places?
When The New Paper told some parents that this was happening the E-Bridge Pre-School in Punggol yesterday, most of them reacted with disbelief.
Asked if she would do that, Mrs Sharon Lim, a mother of three children aged five, 14 and 16, said without hesitation: "No."
But the 46-year-old later reconsidered and said: "Punggol is a relatively new estate and there are a lot of young families there.
"If I had tried many other places and didn't get a spot, I may be that desperate for a place too."
Part-time tutor Novi Liu, a 39-year-old mother of three children aged five, nine and 11, laughed incredulously when she heard that at least 80 people were in the queue.
She said: "Childcare is in high demand now as many parents are working. So they want a good place for their children. But if there are enough places for all, why waste the time queueing?"
She was referring to last Friday when parents queued overnight for the two E-Bridge Pre-Schools in Sengkang.
Channel News Asia had quoted EtonHouse International (a government-appointed pre-school anchor operator which runs the E-Bridge Pre-Schools) group managing director Ng Gim Choo as saying that the two centres received about 170 applications last Saturday.
There are about 300 vacancies in total at its three centres.
Madam Liu said: "If other childcare centres have a long waiting list, I might sacrifice a night to ensure my child has a place."
She felt that each parent would face a different situation that may result in them resorting to such measures.
"In the end, what is important is the welfare of the child," she said.