Development Support (DS) & Learning Support (LS) Programme

The Development Support (DS) and Learning Support (LS) Programme provides support and intervention for preschool children who require low levels of early intervention (EI) support, in areas such as speech and language, social skills, motor skills, behaviour and literacy, to help them develop appropriate skills and improve their overall development. Children will also be equipped with skills to interact and learn better within a larger class setting.

Overview of Programme

There are two types of support:

(i) Learning Support (LS)
By Learning Support Educators (LSEds).

(ii) Development Support (DS)
By trained therapists, educational therapy professional or educational psychologist and LSEds for in-class support.

Table 1: Overview of the Development Support (DS)and Learning Support (LS) Programme


Learning Support (LS) Development Support (DS)
Duration of Support Up to 3 months For 4 months
Areas of Support Child will only receive 1 DS or LS package at any one time. The LS package focuses on one of the following based on child's assessed need:


  1. Literacy Skills
  2. Language Skills
  3. Fine Motor Skills
  4. Social Skills


Child will only receive 1 DS or LS package at any one time. The DS package focuses on one of the following based on child's assessed need:


  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Speech and Language Therapy
  3. Educational Support
  4. Psychology

Support Outcomes

  • Individualised Educational Plan (IEP)1
  • End of Intervention (EOI) Report2

1. IEP is a customised plan to chart the child’s learning and developmental growth. The IEP contains details such as the assessment outcomes, intervention needs as well as the review of the child’s progress during the period of support.

2. EOI is a report written by the LSEd and/or therapist at the end of the package to summarise the child’s progress and includes recommendations, outcomes and follow-up plan for the child.

Session Mode Individualised / Small group / Classroom-based (co-teaching with the preschool teacher)
Frequency About 1 hour per session, once a week

You may find more information on respective DS and LS packages here. If you are interested in the support process for your child during DS-LS, you may find the process here.

Who Is Eligible?

The DS-LS programme is for children who are:

  • Enrolled in preschools (K1 and K2 levels) at the point of intervention;
  • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents; and
  • Not concurrently enrolled in any other ECDA- funded EI programmes (i.e. EIPIC, DS-Plus programmes).


How to Apply?

The DS-LS programme is currently being rolled out to more preschools over the next few years so that more children can have access to it. If your child is suitable for the programme, his/her preschool will contact you with more details. If your child’s preschool currently does not offer DS-LS, you may ask them to contact the Therapy Teams here.

More Information

To enhance the affordability of Early Intervention services, MSF has broadened the income criteria for means-tested subsidies and lower fee caps for these services. Fees for DS and LS have been revised downward since 1 April 2019.

For more information on the enhancements to the affordability of early intervention services, please refer to MSF’s Press Release here.

For more information about DS & LS, please visit our frequently asked questions page or contact your preschool.