Sunday, 11 October 2015

Help centre for children and mothers from vulnerable families launched

The first of its kind in Singapore, Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3 Centre aims to bring together a multi-layered programme, spanning health, social and educational services.
By Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia, 9 Oct 2015

A one-stop help centre targeted at vulnerable children from birth to three years of age and their mothers was officially opened by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Friday (Oct 9).

The first of its kind in Singapore, Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3 Centre's aim is to bring together a multi-layered programme, spanning health, social and educational services.

Said Temasek Cares Chairman Richard Magnus: “Children need the right start in life to reach their full potential. The critical window for development is from age zero to three. We initiated the Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3 programme to provide children from vulnerable families with the same start as all other children - good nutrition, early stimulation, cognitive development and emotional security.

"This will help them close the development gap by the time they enter pre-school."



Located at Block 643, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, the centre is supported by a team of professionals from KK Women's and Children's Hospital and AMKFSC Community Services Ltd.

Through centre-based services and home visits, these professionals will regularly assess the development of the children and ensure that vaccinations are up to date.

Expectant mothers will get pre-natal and post-natal care, and will be guided on how to care for their child, such as with advice on proper nutrition, lifestyle adjustments, breast-feeding and how to provide a stimulating environment for early childhood learning.

Families can also get a range of psycho-social support such as financial and employment assistance, as well as mental health services. Beyond such formal support, the centre aims to be a social gathering point, for mothers and children, from disadvantaged backgrounds.

More than 110 families are enrolled in the Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3 programme. The pilot programme expects to serve a total of 600 mothers and children over three years, with funding of S$8.7 million by Temasek Cares.

Temasek Cares is a non-profit organisation funded by Temasek Trust, the philanthropic arm of investment firm Temasek Holdings.








The Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3 Centre was officially launched by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Friday, 9 October 2015....
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