- The Straits Times
The largest pre-school operator in Singapore, the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) Sparkletots, announced on Tuesday (Sept 25), that it will be setting S$20 million (US$14.65 million) over the next three years for the professional development of its teachers.
Teachers will be trained in soft skills such as language classes for more effective communication and the announcement is in line with recent government initiatives to ramp up training for early childhood educators.
The Straits Times reported that in April, the government committed S$5 million over the next three years to two schemes to help early childhood educators.
PCF will also grow its pool of teachers from the current 5200 to meet its expected number of 6300 by 2022.
The announcement was made by Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP and chairman of the PCF executive committee, Josephine Teo, at the opening of a PCF Sparkletots pre-school in Bishan on Tuesday.
She said: “As the largest employer of pre-school teachers in Singapore, PCF Sparkletots has charted an ambitious learning and development road map for educators which includes not just professional but soft skills as well.”
PCF currently has more than 360 pre-schools around the country with 43,000 children enrolled. It has more than 4,000 teachers with diploma or higher qualifications employed.