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Information you should know about early childhood institutions

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A basic school is a community-run institution which caters for three to six-year-olds. The basic schools get a small subsidy from the government.This is the nutrition grant and a per child material grant amounting to $1.2 billion yearly for the almost 2,000 schools. The other expenses are then met by the school fees that students pay.

Infant schools also cater for the pre-school age, but they are stand-alone government-operated institutions. The government spends $675 million on these institutions yearly.

An infant department, on the other hand, though fully operated by the government, is associated with a primary school. Children who attend both infant departments and infant schools are not required to pay fees.

A kindergarten is a privately owned institution which depends solely on fees to operate. This kind of institution is made up of the first three levels of a preparatory school before the children start the primary level.