Temasek Cares -
Partner: Morning Star Community Services
Parents can now seek caregiving assistance for their children in the evenings through the pilot programme Temasek Foundation Cares – CareNights@Morning Star. The programme aims to help parents who need temporary respite from childcare in order to pursue skills upgrading courses or attend to family emergencies.
This is the first non-commercial evening student care service for children between 7 and 14 years old who come from vulnerable families. The service is piloted at Bedok North Avenue 4 and operates from 6pm to 10pm, Mondays to Fridays. The evening service is modelled after the established day student care programme and includes homework supervision, structured play, enrichment, recreational and parent-child bonding activities.
The programme will be implemented in three other Morning Star centres (located in Bedok North Avenue 3, Sengkang and Hougang) by 2018. Temasek Foundation Cares is committing $683,000 to fund this three-year programme, which is expected to benefit 540 children and their families.
"I am currently studying for a Higher Certificate in Infant Care. Only my Mum is available to take care of my children when I attend classes twice a week at night, so I place my older boy Aaron at CareNights. This has helped me to focus more on my studies.
In the past, there was no one to guide him in his learning but here, there are people who can. He has friends to play with, and there is art therapy and more. He loves coming here. I feel more secure knowing that he is spending quality time here."
~ Debbie Cheng, mother of Aaron who attended the CareNights programme