Childcare director under probe still keen to expand


A childcare centre director, who allegedly made unauthorised withdrawals from the Child Development Accounts (CDA) of several children in her care, was still keen to expand her childcare chain while being investigated.

Madam Chan Chew Shia, who runs 11 Sweetlands Childcare centres with her husband Ho Boon Hong, bid for four sites in Housing Board void decks in a tender exercise which closed on Oct 8 last year.

But all their bids – and 15 by other operators – were found to have not met eligibility criteria for the “quality component”, according to tender results released last month.

The quality component makes up half the “tender score” and includes criteria such as affordability, an operator’s track record and the quality of the pre-school programmes. The rest of the tender score depends on the bid price.

The sites that were up for tender were in Pasir Ris Drive, Yuan Ching Road, Fernvale Street and Punggol Walk. The first two sites were awarded respectively to Ms Loy Wee Mee, who runs Pre-School By-The-Park, and Mr Wong Wei Li, who runs AceKidz. The last two were awarded to Greenland Childcare Centre.

When asked why she was interested to place bids despite being investigated, Madam Chan told The Straits Times: “It has always been part of Sweetlands’ goal to expand.”

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