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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

 

YWCA Transfers Preschool Operations to New Life Community Services

 

[18 March 2024, Singapore.]  The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Singapore is transferring its childcare services operations of YWCA Preschool to New Life Community Services Ltd (NLCS) after strategic review of their future direction.

 

Founded in 1875, YWCA is the oldest women’s charity in Singapore. To meet the childminding needs of women in the 1960s, YWCA set-up affordable childcare services in Singapore.  This support encouraged and enabled young women to work and contribute to the economic growth of Singapore.  The pioneering move to set-up the YWCA Child Development Centres provided much needed welfare for low- to middle-income families. Over the years, the Child Development Centres grew to become the YWCA Preschool of today, availing quality preschool education to children of all backgrounds, races, and religions.

 

The early childhood industry has evolved significantly since those early days.  Today, the sector is well-served by many operators.  YWCA is therefore transferring its preschool operations to another operator which shares the same values and ethos of serving the community.  This will allow a pooling of resources and greater economies of scale to be reaped through the expanded operations. 

 

NLCS shares YWCA’s commitment to serving families and children and will continue to uphold the high standards of care and support that YWCA families have come to expect.  NLCS currently operates three SPARK-accredited Preschools Centres in Singapore – Bukit Panjang (2001), Woodlands (2015) and Junction 10 (2017).

 

Established by Covenant Evangelical Free Church in 2000, NLCS is a not-for-profit social service agency that seeks to bring hope and purpose to children, youths and seniors so that they go on to create positive impact in their community and society. Over the years, NLCS has reached out to thousands of individuals from different religions and races. 

 

With effect from 1 April 2024, the preschool operations of Y.W.C.A. Preschool Ltd (YPL) will be transferred to New Life Preschool Services Ltd (NLPS), a subsidiary of New Life Community Services (NLCS).  All the nine existing centres of YWCA Preschool will continue to operate under the Partner Operator Scheme (POP) administered by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

 

Plans are underway to rebrand the nine YWCA Preschool Centres and to merge all the existing centres under New Life Preschool Services (NLPS).

 

The NLPS head office team comprises experienced practitioners in curriculum and quality management, business development partnerships, child and family support, and centre operations. With the transfer, close to 90% of YPL’s staff will be crossing over to join the NLPS team to ensure the continuity of the centre operations.

 

NLPS commits to ensuring that every child receives quality care and education tailored to their unique needs and interests. Under the New Life Preschool Curriculum, parents can expect a customised and robust inquiry-based learning approach that helps their children acquire knowledge and develop skills in an engaging and meaningful setting. Renovation plans are put in place to spruce up each centre progressively to make the learning environment more conducive, including installing CCTVs in every centre in compliance with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) regulatory requirements.

 

“YWCA Singapore is proud to have played an instrumental role as a pioneer in the early childhood industry in Singapore, offering full-day childcare services to relieve women from their childcare burdens and to allow them to return to the workforce,” said Ms. Sim Hwee Hoon, President of YWCA of Singapore, “We are thus heartened to find a great partner in New Life Community Services, who will be carrying on our proud heritage of serving YWCA Preschool children and families with love.”

 

YWCA commits to meeting the needs of serving the women community in Singapore and will continue to focus on its core mission of empowering mums, women and young women with programmes that deliver positive impact.

 

“YWCA has served the preschool sector for the past 60 years, and we want to honour its heritage and continue its good works,” said Ms. Ivy Chin, Executive Director at New Life Preschool Services. “As we carry the baton from YWCA, we hold the same values of serving the community, regardless of race or religion, and we affirm the belief that every child should have access to quality education in a safe, caring and healthy environment.”

 

As part of their joint commitment to ensure continued open communication with our stakeholders, YWCA and NLCS invite parents and stakeholders to visit the NLCS website at https://newlifechildcare.org.sg/ for further information and updates.

 

 

About YWCA of Singapore

Founded in 1875, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Singapore is a social service agency committed to serving those in need, regardless of race or religion. Our holistic programmes and services aim to empower and support women from low-income families by alleviating financial burdens and care-giving responsibilities. We strive to uplift the family unit, and to provide the right resources and opportunities to improve lives.

YWCA’s community service programmes are supported by YWCA Fort Canning, our revenue-generating arm in hospitality. All net proceeds contribute towards our social initiatives such as Empowering MumsMeals-on-Wheels, and Sustenance for Families

For more information, please visit www.ywca.org.sg.

 

About New Life Community Services

Founded in 2000, NLCS is the faith-based non-profit social service arm of Covenant Evangelical Free Church dedicated to its mission of nurturing children, developing youths’ potential, and empowering seniors to live purposeful lives. New Life’s services include early childhood education through childcare and student care services, as well as literacy and character

For more information, please visit http://www.newlife.org.sg/

 

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

 

Gerlynn Cai

Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

YWCA of Singapore

gerlynncai@ywca.org.sg

9792 9310

 

Ms Joserine Lim

Assistant Director, Communications and Partnerships

New Life Community Services

joserinelimss@newlife.org.sg

9824 5817

 

 

Every International Women’s Day, YWCA celebrates women from diverse backgrounds and upholds their achievements and progress so that we can continue to inspire and encourage more positive advancement for all women in Singapore. This year, we invited our newly appointed Executive Director, Ong Puay See, who took the helm to lead YWCA in October 2023, to share her thoughts on this year’s International Women’s Day.

Puay See joined YWCA in 2022 as Deputy Executive Director.  She has close to 30 years of experience in the financial industry and in government and not-for-profit institutions. She was the CEO of The Institute of Banking & Finance and previously Director with Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).  She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014, for her contributions to the Singapore public service. She is an active volunteer with the Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) and currently sits on the Board of Communications of the Chinese Annual Conference.  She graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A mother of a teenage daughter, Puay See is a cancer survivor, having battled breast cancer in 2016, and regularly volunteers her time to journey with breast cancer warriors.  She serves on Christian Women Fellowship groups, and is also a Special Needs Sunday School Teacher at the Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church where she worships.

 


 

I visited Stanford University in 2015 and enjoyed a wonderful art exhibition on wartime posters. I was particularly captivated by this poster from the YWCA. The powerful taglines, “For Every Fighter, a Woman Worker” struck me on the impact of the YWCA in building a nation. The Young Women’s Christian Associations (YWCA) all over the world have always been instrumental in rallying women to stand up and be counted, to serve and contribute, especially in times of need. During wartime, when men were called to serve in the military, women had to step forward to take over roles vacated by men at the factories and offices. When YWCA was first birthed in England in 1855, Emma Roberts and Lady Kinnaird were concerned about young girls leaving their families to work in the cities and nurses working in hospitals without a safe space to stay, and the YWCA was established to be a community of women supporting these young girls.

It was the same ideology that led to the birth of YWCA Singapore in 1875. Whether in educating women with skills to keep them relevant for the needs of the different times, providing hostel services to keep young women safe, or childcare facilities so housewives could return to the workforce, YWCA Singapore has always been a catalyst in ensuring that women were given opportunities and moving ahead. 

This International Women’s Day calls to mind our heritage as a women’s charity, championing for women the last 149 years. This year’s International Women’s Day celebrates the theme “Inspire Inclusion”, where we celebrate the empowerment of women from different social, economic, cultural backgrounds. It is a call for us to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. #InspireInclusion encourages all to recognize the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, including those from marginalized communities.

I am so proud to be part of this strong women heritage in YWCA.  And even prouder that the YWCA of Singapore today reflects #InspireInclusion in our DNA.  We have Empowering Mums and Empowering Young Women programmes to allow women from marginalized backgrounds an opportunity to get a leg up in life.  Over the years, we have built up a strong community of women volunteers and supporters who come onboard as Board or Committee Ladies to develop programmes to help the community. Some work as ground volunteers to distribute food, develop training or teach English.  Many of our ladies roll up their sleeves to fundraise through their passions: cooking yummy foods or selling beautiful crafts. Our annual YWCA fundraising carnivals are such happy events!  Many of these ladies are remarkable in their daily roles as daughters, sisters, mothers, employees or leaders and they embody our YWCA spirit of “By Love, Serve One Another”.

This International Women’s Day, I would like to give a big shout-out to the beautiful women who form part of our loving YWCA community. You ladies inspire me everyday! Continue to #InspireInclusion.

By Love, Serve One Another

God bless you all!

 

Ong Puay See