Development Support (DS) & Learning Support (LS)

  • For pre-school children with mild developmental needs
  • Support and intervention in areas such as speech and language, social skills, motor skills, behaviour and literacy
  • Equip pre-school children with developmentally appropriate skills to optimise their developmental outcomes
  • For information on Development Support Plus, please refer to this page.

    Overview of Programme

    There are two types of direct support provided:

    (i) Learning Support (LS)
    Support is provided by specially trained early childhood professionals known as Learning Support Educators (LSEds).

    (ii) Development Support (DS)
    The children are supported by trained therapists. Thereafter, LSEds will continue to provide in-class support.


    Learning Support (LS) Development Support (DS)
    Duration of Support 6 or 10 weeks 10 or 15 weeks 
    Areas of Support The support will focus on one of the following based on child's assessed need:


    • Literacy Skills
    • Language Skills
    • Social Skills
    • Handwriting Skills
    The support will focus on one of the following based on child's assessed need:


    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech and Language Therapy
    • Literacy and Learning Support
    • Psychological Services
    Support Outcomes Individualised education plan (IEP)
    Session Mode Individualised / Small group / Classroom-based
    Frequency Up to 1 hour per session, once a week

    Who Is Eligible

    Children who are:​

    • in pre-schools (K1 and K2 levels)
    • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents

    *Children who are enrolled in an Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) are not eligible for DS and LS.

    How to Apply

    DS and LS are being rolled out in phases. If your child is suitable for the programme, his/her pre-school will contact you with more details.

    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. 


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