Early Childhood Development Centre Licence

(For Child Care Centres, Preschools and Kindergartens) 

Type of LicenceClass AClass BClass C
Periods of Operations

• Monday to Friday (7am to 7pm)

• Saturday (7am to 2pm)

Operates 5½ days a week throughout the year, except on Sundays and public holidays.

• Monday to Friday (7am to 7pm)

• Saturday (7am to 2pm)

Operates 5½ days a week throughoutthe year, except on Sundays and public holidays.

Monday to Friday.

Operates during school terms, according to Ministry of Education’s academic calendar, with the exception of Centres which follow international curriculum and academic year.

Operational Hours12 hours or more12 hours or more6 hours or less
Age range2 to 18 months old18 months to below 7 years old18 months to below 7 years old
Programme Type

• Full day and/or

• Half day

• May provide flexible options (at least 12 to 24 hours a week, and 3 hours per session)

• Full day

• May provide half day and/or flexible options (at least 12 to 24 hours a week, and 3 hours per session)

Half day

(Single, dual, triple sessions)

Space for Gross Motor Development Activities (“GMA”)Not applicable1/6 of Centre’s capacity at 4m² per child or 40m², whichever is more.1/10 of Centre’s capacity at 4m² per child or 40m², whichever is more.
Programme HoursOperational hours

Typically 9am to 5pm.

a) Centres can determine their programme hours (subject to ECDA’s approval).

b) Centres need to display the daily programme schedule.

Programme hours are typically the operational hours, unless otherwise stated (subject to the Chief licensing Officer’s approval).
Non-programme HoursNot ApplicableArrival, departure and restNot Applicable

Fees?

  • Application Fee: $400
  • Licence Fee: $100

Where to apply?

Private Academic School

You will need to register with the Committee of Private Education (CPE) if your private school:

  • Offers diploma or degree courses, or some form of post-secondary certification.
  • Offers full-time preparatory courses for entrance or placement tests to MOE mainstream schools, or for external examinations.
  • Offers full-time primary or secondary education that follows a foreign or international curriculum.
  • Is a privately-funded special education school.
  • offers education for 10 or more persons

Fees?

  • For every application for the grant of registration of a private education institution: $535
  • For every application for the permission of the Agency to offer or provide a course: $20

Where to apply?