Four preschools under the Crestar Education Group, namely Kinderland, Elfa, NurtureStars and Skool4Kidz, on June 14 2019 waived the surcharges for one year for late pick-up of children by their NSmen fathers who have to be away for In-Camp Training or other National Service duties.
The waiver was announced during the visit of Senior Minister of State for Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, to NurtureStars Preschool @ Safra Toa Payoh for the launch of “Appreciating NSmen Art Jam 2019”.
It took effect from 24 June to 30 June 2020 at all the 48 centres of the four preschools.
Minister Dr Maliki had visited the centre in the lead-up to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Day on 1 July to join preschool children and their parents in folding paper figurines of servicemen to thank their NSmen fathers for defending the nation.
“Appreciating NSmen Art Jam” was jointly organised by SAFRA and the Association of Early Childhood and Training Services (ASSETS). It was included in the curriculum of more than 500 preschool centres from 14 June to 1 July. The initiative was first launched last year when over 100 preschools took part.
Mr Robert Leong, president of ASSETS, which represents some 500 brands of childcare centres and kindergartens in the country, said that more preschools would be encouraged to participate in the late pick-up waiver arrangement.