A Good Start for Every Child

The experiences in the early years set the foundation for future development. Some children may be at greater risk of having adverse experiences that could affect their development, sometimes even before they are born. But early and sustained support can help address the impact of such experiences.

KidSTART is a free programme for low-income families with young children up to 6 years old.

As parents are a child’s first teachers and play a key role in setting them up for good start in life, KidSTART partners parents to empower them to be confident caregivers and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to:

    • Build warm nurturing relationships with their children,
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    • Support the age-appropriate development of their children,
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    • Care for the health and social wellbeing of their children in their early years

Build warm nurturing relationships with their children,

Support the age-appropriate development of their children,

Care for the health and social wellbeing of their children in their early years

Programme Components

Programme Components

 

KidSTART supports children in their development, health and well-being across familiar settings.

  • KidSTART @ Home
  • KidSTART @ Community
  • KidSTART @ Preschool

 

Support in a home setting for pregnant mothers and children from new-born to 3 years old

• Regular home visits to guide parents with skills and practical knowledge in the areas of early childhood development, health and nutrition.

• Regular screening of the child’s growth and maternal well-being to ensure early intervention if needed.

 

Weekly support playgroup sessions for young children from 1 to 3 years old

• Opportunity for KidSTART parents to bond with their child and make friends with other parents with young children

• Guide parents with strategies on how to bond and engage their children meaningfully in a community playgroup setting

• Fun activities to help prepare a child with skills and knowledge useful for Primary school

 

In selected preschools, additional resources are provided to support KidSTART families

• Engage parents on child growth, development, health and nutrition

• Monitor and tackle obstacles to child’s attendance and school readiness

Help with preschool enrolment

KidSTART @ Home

Support in a home setting for pregnant mothers and children from new-born to 3 years old

• Regular home visits to guide parents with skills and practical knowledge in the areas of early childhood development, health and nutrition.

• Regular screening of the child’s growth and maternal well-being to ensure early intervention if needed.

• Strengthened support through medical professionals

KidSTART @ Community

Weekly support playgroup sessions for young children from 1 to 3 years old

• Opportunity for KidSTART parents to bond with their child and make friends with other parents with young children

• Guide parents with strategies on how to bond and engage their children meaningfully in a community playgroup setting

• Fun activities to help prepare a child with skills and knowledge useful for Primary school

KidSTART @ Preschool

In selected preschools, additional resources are provided to support KidSTART families

• Engage parents on child growth, development, health and nutrition

• Monitor and tackle obstacles to child’s attendance and school readiness

Help with preschool enrolment

Who Can Join?

Who Can Join?

Singapore citizen children aged up to 6 years old 

Gross monthly household income of $2,500 and below or per capita income of $650 and below

Gross monthly household income of $2,500 and below

or per capita income of $650 and below

Staying in regions served by KidSTART

Kreta Ayer/Bukit Merah

Taman Jurong/Boon Lay

Bedok/Geylang Serai

Woodlands/Sembawang 

Ang Mo Kio/Yishun

Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang and Bukit Batok 

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