PAP Community Foundation (PCF)

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Type of Service: 
Enrichment services
Infant care
Student care

The PAP Community Foundation offers a variety of child services, from infant care and child care, to kindergartens and student care.  In fact, it has the most comprehensive kindergarten network in Singapore.

The strongest point about PCF child services is the closeness to the HDB heartlands, such that the centres are a stone's throw from home.  PCF kindergarten services also rigorously prepare pre-schoolers for Primary school education.

Pre-Nursery: PCF LittleStepsProgramme

  • Focuses on social interaction and play for younger children.
  • Objectives:
    • Development of social skills
    • Acquisition of English Language (Aural and Oral)
    • Development of gross and fine motor skills
    • Independence and self-help skills
    • Enhancing children’s self-esteem
  • Entry criteria
    • Children aged 30 months (at point of entry) and above
  • Duration
    • 2 hours

Child/Infant Care Centres

For Toddlers aged 18 months to 6 year-old pre-schoolers.

PCF Childcare centres are collectively known as "SPARKLETOTS".  There are 31 centres in various locations, and 2 of them provides infant care services.

Our childcare service is a home away from home, yet a home within the familiar neighbourhood, within walking distance. Every child is a unique individual and is given opportunities to maximise his / her potential. Our programme aims to develop the child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social dimensions. Developmentally appropriate activities and interaction are designed to develop his / her self-esteem and positive learning attitudes.

Infant Care service is available in Fengshan Blk 184 and Bukit Gombak Blk 395A.  For infant/toddler aged 2 months to 18 months.

We provide a nurturing, caring and safe environment aim at meeting the infant’s/ toddler’s physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs.

Parents who place their children in our Childcare centres can apply for Government Fees Assistance if eligible.

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 7.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Saturday: 7.00 am to 2.00 pm
  • Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays


The PCF Kindergarten

It has been about 40 years since our first kindergarten opened its doors to six years old children.  Then, kindergartens were set up in available spaces like shophouses and even in makeshift areas.  Today, the majority of our kindergartens are located on the ground floors of HDB void decks.  They are operated by 84 PCF Branches islandwide.

The school term is set by the Ministry of Education.  There are 4 school terms, of 10 weeks each per year.  Each academic year begins in January and ends in November.  Pupil registration is open to the public in May.

Check with your preferred centre.


Regardless of the duration of programme selected by parents, the PCF curriculum is built on the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate practices for preschoolers.

Foundations are laid for language learning and mathematics.  There are also activities for art and craft, music and movement, and learning through play.  Many of our kindergartens have incorporated Computer Aided Education (CAE) with the curriculum.

Pre-school prepares the young child for the next stage in his life -formal education which begins with primary school.  In PCF, the child will be encouraged to be strong, confident and to develop good self esteem.  He will learn to socialise and share with others, to be articulate and know how to express himself and he will always be encouraged to develop a love and a healthy curiosity about life and learning.

Student Care Centres

For school-aged children from 7 year-old primary students to 14 year-old secondary students.

There are 20 centres run by some of our PCF Branches.

Each of our Student Care centre is a home away from home, yet a home within the familiar neighbourhood, within walking distance.  Centres provide custodial care, a comfortable environment, companionship through a variety of appropriate experiences which enhance the growth and development of the child.  Children learn to co-exist with each other, share things and space.  Older children gradually learned to become more independent and responsible for their school work.  Each child is unique and will be nurtured to develop at his / her own pace.

Parents who place their children in our Student Care centres can apply for Government Fees Assistance if eligible.

Operating Days

  • Monday to Friday: Full day
  • Saturday: Half day
  • Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays




My child had been in sparkletots for many years. Towards e last 2 years, we started to panic tt hewasn't able to do many pre school assessment books out there, so we transferred him out. We were glad we did tt. His new teachers were really kind of astonished at his standard cos it wasn't he wasn't paying attention at his old school, but a lot of stuff he wasn't even taught in e first place. We also need not worry over things like not drinking water in school, not eating fruits,water bottles lost, clothes missing after shower, unsupervised shower, many falling accidents in school and politics among the children. 



Candy0813 | Tue, 04/03/2014 - 11:40am

PCF school learning

Hi All mums,

I'm thinking of switching my kids (N2 and K1) from Child care to PCF sch as i'll be out of job by end April. May i know anyone who's kids are in PCF and how's the curriculum and  learning in school.




mui2203 | Wed, 22/04/2009 - 4:57pm

On PCF kindy (To Mui)


Hi mui2203, have you managed to sniff out anything you like from this thread?

RRMummy | Wed, 29/04/2009 - 11:34am

if you are looking for

if you are looking for play-based school, then it is ok to go pap, cheap and good.
but if you are more toward academic, go to private better as pap is not preparing much for primary, parents have to play their coaching role.

amylqf | Thu, 23/04/2009 - 12:05am