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International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy

, 11:7

First Online: 11 July 2017Received: 12 August 2016Accepted: 29 June 2017

Abstract

Almost all children in Singapore complete 1 year of preschool before entering primary school. However, preschool education PSE is not compulsory and is provided primarily by the private sector. Taking the national agenda for reforming PSE at the start of the twenty-first century as the point of departure, this paper describes and discusses the policies and strategies that have been introduced and implemented for preschool quality enhancement in the past 15 years. Three major waves of preschool policy reviews were undertaken in 2000, 2008, and 2012 attesting to the seriousness the government attaches to improving PSE for encouraging a strong start for every child. The key recommendations of these reviews were related to uplifting teacher, center, and program quality, and enhancing the affordability and accessibility of PSE. Opportunities and challenges associated with implementing recommendations for quality enhancement are discussed and suggestions to further enhance PSE in Singapore are explored.

KeywordsSingapore Preschool education Policies and strategies Curriculum reform  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Ching Ting Tan

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