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FAQ

Have a question? Send in your enquiries via our online form.

For other matters, please call MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872 2220 (Mondays to Fridays: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, Saturdays: 8.30 am to 12.30 pm) or email us at contact@moe.gov.sg.

Registration Process

Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee.


Can I register my child in more than one MOE Kindergarten?

No. You can only register your child in one MOE Kindergarten (MK). After applying for an MK, should you change your mind and wish to register for another MK, you can submit another application online and withdraw your earlier application by informing the previously registered MK in writing or email. The latest online application submitted within the stipulated MK registration period will be considered.


Do I need to submit any supporting documents during online registration?

You do not need to submit any supporting documents during registration. You will need to produce relevant supporting documents to the MK after the child is successfully allocated a place in the MK.


How long does it take to complete the online registration?

It will take about 15 minutes to complete the online registration.


Can I save a draft copy of the online form and complete it at a later time?

No, you cannot save a draft copy of the form. Please ensure you have sufficient time to complete the form before you begin. You may wish to read the step-by-step guide to the MK online registration to help you complete the online application.


How do I know that my online registration has been submitted successfully?

You will receive an acknowledgement email upon successful submission. Please refer to the step-by-step guide to the MK online registration.


How do I amend my choice of MOE Kindergarten after I have submitted my online registration?

After applying for an MOE Kindergarten (MK), should you change your mind and wish to register for another MK, you can submit another application online and withdraw your earlier application by informing the previously registered MK in writing or email. The latest online application submitted within the stipulated MK registration period will be considered.


Where should I go if I require assistance during the registration period?

Parents who require assistance with the registration may approach the respective MK that you intend to register your child, on 11 February 2019 (Monday), 9am to 4pm. For the 6 new MKs opening in 2020, please refer to the table below for the registration centres to seek assistance from.

MOE Kindergarten Registration Centre's Location and Address
MOE Kindergarten @ Horizon Horizon Primary School
61 Edgefield Plains
Singapore 828819
MOE Kindergarten @ Huamin Huamin Primary School
21 Yishun Avenue 11
Singapore 768857
MOE Kindergarten @ Naval Base Naval Base Primary School
7 Yishun Avenue 4
Singapore 769028
MOE Kindergarten @ North Vista North Vista Primary School
20 Compassvale Link
Singapore 544974
MOE Kindergarten @ Northshore Punggol Cove Primary School
52 Sumang Walk
Singapore 828674
MOE Kindergarten @ Valour Punggol View Primary School
9 Punggol Place
Singapore 828845

When will I receive the outcome of my child's MOE Kindergarten Registration?

If you have registered your child during the 2019 MOE Kindergarten Registration Exercise from 8 February 2019 (Friday), 9am to 11 February 2019 (Monday), 4pm, you will be notified by post of the registration outcome by 10 April 2019.


What are the supporting documents that I need to submit if my child is successfully allocated a place in the MOE Kindergarten?

Parents who have registered their child under any of the categories below are required to submit relevant supporting documents (see table below) at the MOE Kindergarten upon request if the child is succesfully allocated a place.

Category Documents Required
Parents who applied under Priority Order 1
  • Parents' latest monthly income statement or letter from employer certifying latest income
  • Birth Certificate of Unmarried sibling(s) of the child (residing at the same residential address)
  • Parent's Birth Certificate and NRIC of grandparent(s) if grandparent(s) of child is/are residing at the same residential address
  • Declaration Form
Parents who are divorced or separated
  • Relevant court order setting out the custody arrangement pertaining to the child
  • Letter of Consent (For parents with joint custody of the child)
  • Letter of Undertaking by registering parent
Parents who are unwed or widowed
  • Marriage Record Search from the Registry of Marriage/Registry of Muslim Marriage indicating parents were not married
  • Letter of Undertaking by registering parent
  • Death Certificate where one parent is deceased
Parents who are using a yet-to-be completed property or resale property address for registration
  • HDB New Flat: Printout of flat status from My HDBPage
  • HDB Resale Flat: Resale Flat Printout from My HDBPage
  • Private New Property: Sales and Purchase Agreement (S&PA)
  • Private Resale Property: Exercised Option to Purchase (OTP) documents and Certificate of Stamp Duty
  • Letter of Undertaking
Parents who are using a caregiver's address for registration
  • NRIC of grandparent or parent's sibling
  • Birth Certificate of parent (and parent's sibling if applicable)
  • Letter of Undertaking

What should I do if my child is unsuccessful in the MOE Kindergarten Registration?

If you are keen to place your child on the waitlist, you can write to the respective MK directly. Please click here for their contact details. The waitlist will be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to vacancies. The MK will contact you directly, should a vacancy arise for your child.


Eligibility

What is the eligibility criteria for registration under Priority Order 1 (PO1)?

Singapore Citizen (SC) children from households with Gross Household Income (GHI) not exceeding $3,500 per month or Per Capita Income (PCI) not exceeding $875 per month, who live within 1km of the kindergarten are eligible to register under Priority Order 1.

Gross Household Income (GHI) per month is the total gross monthly income of the following persons:

  • Parents of the child residing at the same residential address as the child
  • Child registering for K1
  • Unmarried siblings of the child residing at the same residential address as the child as reflected in their NRIC
  • Grandparents of the child residing at the same residential address as the child as reflected in their NRIC

Per Capita Income
(PCI) per month
= Total gross monthly household income of family members
Number of family members living in the same household

*Income should be reflected before employee CPF deduction and should include regular allowances (e.g. transport allowance) and other sources of income (e.g. pension, alimony, rental income). However, one-off payments, annual bonuses and full-time National Service (NSF) allowance should be excluded.

Worked Examples

Here are some worked examples on how to calculate Gross Household Income (GHI) and Per Capita Income (PCI).

Example 1:

Mr Lim earns a gross monthly salary of $3,000 and his wife is a full time housewife with no salaried income. They have a son who is registering for Kindergarten 1 this year.

Gross Household Income (GHI) per month = $3,000

They are eligible to register for MK under PO1 as their monthly GHI does not exceed $3,500.

Example 2:

Mr Tan earns a gross monthly salary of $3,000 and his wife earns a gross monthly salary of $1,300. They have a son who is registering for Kindergarten 1 this year. Both of the child's grandparents have retired and are staying together in the same household as shown in their NRIC.

Gross Household Income (GHI) per month = $3,000 + $1,300 = $4,300

Per Capita Income (PCI) per month = $4,300 / 5 = $860

They are eligible to register for MK under PO1 as their monthly PCI does not exceed $875.


Will children enrolled in the MOE Kindergartens located within primary schools have priority admission to the primary schools?

MOE will conduct a pilot, to extend Phase 2A2 eligibility to MK children for admission to the respective primary schools that the MKs are located within. The list of MKs located within primary schools with MK children participating in the 2019 Primary 1 Registration Exercise are below:

MK Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise Blangah Rise Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Dazhong Dazhong Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Farrer Park Farrer Park Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Fern Green Fern Green Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Frontier Frontier Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Northoaks Northoaks Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Oasis Oasis Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Cove Punggol Cove Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Green Punggol Green Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol View Punggol View Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Riverside Riverside Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Sengkang Green Sengkang Green Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Springdale Springdale Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Waterway Waterway Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring West Spring Primary School
MOE Kindergarten @ Westwood Westwood Primary School

Will children with older siblings currently attending the primary school with an MOE Kindergarten located within have priority admission to the MOE Kindergarten?

Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident children who have siblings studying in K1 - P6 in the MOE Kindergarten/primary school in the year of registration, are eligible for Priority Order 2 (PO2).


What are the supporting documents required for divorced or separated parents?

Parents with Joint Custody of the Child
Parents who have joint custody of their child need to come to a common agreement on the choice of MK to enrol their child. Upon successful allocation of a place in the MK, parents will be required to produce the relevant court order setting out the custody arrangement pertaining to the child. The parent who registers the child will also be required to produce a signed Letter of Consent from the other parent.

Parents with Sole Custody of the Child
A parent who is granted sole custody of his or her child will be able to decide on the choice of MK. Parents will be required to produce the relevant court order setting out the custody arrangement at the MK, upon request.


I have joint custody of my child and I am unable to obtain a consent letter from my ex-spouse. How can I register my child?

If you are in contact with your current or former spouse but are unable to come to a common agreement on the choice of MK for your child, you should approach the relevant courts (Family Justice Courts or the Syariah Court) well ahead of the child's MK registration to obtain a Court Order to resolve this matter. Where a Court Order has been issued authorising a particular parent to decide on the choice of MK for his or her child, MOE will process the child's registration based on the choices made by that parent.

If you are unable to contact your spouse or former spouse and are therefore unable to produce the Letter of Consent, you will still be required to sign a Letter of Undertaking, where you will undertake to resolve any disputes should the other parent dispute the choice of MK. If the other parent subsequently disputes the child's enrolment and the dispute cannot be resolved, the child may be removed from the MK.


If I am unable to obtain the Letter of Consent, how can I obtain the court order from the Family Justice Courts or the Syariah Court?

If you are represented by a lawyer, you may wish to seek advice from him or her. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Family Justice Courts (FJC) Help Centre at 3rd Floor, Family Justice Courts Building, 3 Havelock Square, Singapore 059725 for assistance, or the Syariah Court at 63548371 for more information.

You should inform the staff at the FJC Help Centre/Syariah Court that you need help in applying for a court order for your child's MOE Kindergarten Registration.


What is the eligibility criteria for using a Yet-to-be-completed or Resale property address for registration?

Parents may register for MK using their new property address (i.e. Yet-to-be-completed / Resale property).

For resale property, parents must be residing at that address by 1 Jan 2020. For yet-to-be-completed property, the property's Delivery Possession Date or Vacant Possession Date should be no later than 30 June 2020.


What is the eligibility criteria for using a caregiver's address for registration?

Parents may register for the MK using their caregiver's address if their child is currently being looked after by the child's grandparent or the parent's sibling, and the caregiver's address is within 1km from the MK of choice.

Parents should note that if the address of the caregiver is within 500m of the MK of choice, the child will be considered under the distance category of 500m to 1km should balloting be required.

I have missed the online registration for 2020 K1 admission. How can I still register my child?

You can approach the respective MOE Kindergarten (MK) to submit an application. For the 6 new MKs opening in 2020, please refer to the following table for the registration centres to submit your application. Parents who submit an application after the Registration Exercise can expect to receive the outcome of their application after May 2019 if there are vacancies at their MK of choice.

MOE Kindergarten Registration Centre's Location and Address
MOE Kindergarten @ Horizon Horizon Primary School
61 Edgefield Plains
Singapore 828819
MOE Kindergarten @ Huamin Huamin Primary School
21 Yishun Avenue 11
Singapore 768857
MOE Kindergarten @ Naval Base Naval Base Primary School
7 Yishun Avenue 4
Singapore 769028
MOE Kindergarten @ North Vista North Vista Primary School
20 Compassvale Link
Singapore 544974
MOE Kindergarten @ Northshore Punggol Cove Primary School
52 Sumang Walk
Singapore 828674
MOE Kindergarten @ Valour Punggol View Primary School
9 Punggol Place
Singapore 828845

How do I register for admission to Kindergarten 2 in 2020?

Admission for Kindergarten 2 in 2020 is for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident children born between 2 January 2014 and 1 January 2015 (both dates inclusive). Application for admission to Kindergarten 2 in 2020 is subject to available vacancies. Parents can directly approach the MOE Kindergarten to submit an application.

The 5 new MKs (i.e. MK@Horizon, MK@Naval Base, MK@North Vista, MK@Northshore and MK@Valour) opening in 2020 will only start with K1 classes i.e. There will not be K2 classes in 2020.

What is the fee at MOE Kindergarten?

The monthly fee for a 4-hour MOE Kindergarten programme in 2019 and 2020 is $160 for Singapore Citizen children and $320 for Singapore Permanent Resident children. Fees are also payable during school holidays, i.e. June and December.


What subsidies are available for children enrolled in MOE Kindergarten?

Financial assistance in the form of a monthly fee subsidy will be provided to all Singapore Citizen children who meet the income criteria.

MOE will invite families which meet the eligibility criteria to apply for financial assistance later in the year, after a place has been confirmed for their child in the MOE Kindergartens.

Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)

The eligibility criteria of the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) provided by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) are as follows:

  • The child is a Singapore citizen; and
  • The family's gross monthly household income[1] does not exceed $6,000 or, for larger households with at least 5 family members[2] gross monthly per capita income[3] does not exceed $1,500
Gross Monthly Household Income Gross Per Capita Income Monthly Kindergarten Fee after Subsidy [4]
$2,500 and below $625 and below $1.60
$2,501 - $3,000 $626 - $750 $3.20
$3,001 - $3,500 $751 - $875 $16.00
$3,501 - $4,000 $876 - $1,000 $40.00
$4,001 - $4,500 $1,001 - $1,125 $80.00
$4,501 - $5,000 $1,126 - $1,250 $104.00
$5,001 - $6,000 $1,251 - $1,500 $128.00
Notes:

[1] Monthly gross household income is the income of both parents over the 12-month period immediately preceding the month of application of KiFAS. It is inclusive of bonus, allowances and before CPF deduction. Allowance for full time National Service is not included. The monthly gross household income is based on 12-month CPF contributions.

[2] Family members must be related by blood, marriage and/or legal adoption and living in the same residential address as reflected on the NRIC of the applicant.

[3]To calculate the Per Capita Income, divide the total gross monthly household income of family members by the number of family members living in the same household.

[4]Please note that the actual support for each child will depend on the gross monthly household income or the gross monthly per capita income of the family determined by ECDA after the child is successfully admitted to the MOE Kindergarten and the relevant documents are processed. The child must attend at least one day of class to qualify for the month's subsidy and ECDA will notify parents of the outcome.

Start-Up Grant

A Start-Up Grant (SUG) will be provided to eligible Singapore Citizen children. Families approved for SUG can only redeem $45 worth of uniforms (3 sets) per year. The family will qualify for SUG if the gross monthly household income does not exceed $1,900 or per capita income does not exceed $650.

Families who need additional financial assistance for expenses such as uniforms and Kindergarten Care fees can approach the respective kindergartens or KCare service providers.


How much does the school uniform cost? Is there any other attire we need to purchase for my child?

For 2019, the uniform costs $15 per set. The uniform can also be purchased separately at $7 for the polo t-shirt and $8 for the khaki shorts (for boys) and skorts (for girls). There is no other attire apart from the school uniform.


What is the fee for Kindergarten Care?

The monthly fee for Kindergarten Care in 2019 ranges from $325 to $386. Fees are also payable during school holidays, i.e. June and December.


Are there any subsidies for the Kindergarten Care programme?

Parents who enrol their children for the Kindergarten Care programme will receive subsidies similar to those received by parents who send their children to half day childcare programmes. Subsidies will be computed based on household income or gross capita income.

Do the MOE Kindergartens offer a nursery programme?

MOE Kindergartens offer a four-hour programme for kindergarten (K1 and K2) levels only. Some MOE Kindergartens are in collaboration with Early Years Centres that offer nursery programmes.More details can be found here for details.


Are there any differences between the programmes offered by the MOE Kindergarten sited in the community and those sited in primary schools?

The guiding principles and framework for the programmes offered by MOE Kindergartens situated in the community and in primary schools are fundamentally similar. The programmes have the same curricular focus and pedagogical features. However, each kindergarten plans lessons, customise teaching and learning resources as well as design classroom learning spaces to meet the profile and learning needs of children enrolled at the centre. Thus, the programmes and learning experiences offered would be customised for the children.


Are there any enrichment programmes outside kindergarten hours?

The 4-hour programme at MOE Kindergartens is designed for the holistic development of children. There are no enrichment programmes outside the kindergarten hours.


Will there be field trips during school hours? Can parents come along? Will parents need to pay for the field trips?

Occasional field trips will be organised to interesting places or places of local interest, as part of our curriculum which has a distinctive Singapore flavour. We welcome parents to accompany their children on the trips as this provides opportunities for families to be involved in their children's learning. MOE will bear the cost of field trips to ensure that all children are able to participate in such learning activities.


Is there support for children with special needs or learning difficulties?

MOE Kindergartens are committed to supporting children with mild special educational needs (SEN) or developmental delays where they are able to access independent learning in a group of 20. MOE Kindergartens do not have the specialised manpower and dedicated resources to provide special educational support for children with significant needs.

Children's needs are best met when they are enrolled in an education setting that has an appropriate level of support and resources. If a child has been diagnosed with moderate or severe SEN, he/she should enrol at the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) centres.

Should you require clarification about your child's developmental needs, you can seek assessment at the hospitals (KKH/NUH).

What is the difference between the curriculum in the MOE Kindergartens and other pre-school centres?

MOE Kindergarten's curriculum is developed by MOE's curriculum specialists and trained educators with knowledge and experience in early childhood education and who are familiar with the primary school curriculum. It is guided by widely recognised teaching and learning practices and principles for quality early childhood education articulated in MOE's Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework. It includes resources with a distinctive Singapore flavour and places emphasis on language learning to promote early childhood bilingualism. The teachers in the MOE Kindergartens receive strong professional support from MOE to enable them to implement the curriculum effectively.

Other pre-school centres in Singapore are privately-run and the curriculum they adopt is planned by their own teachers or a centralised curriculum team at the headquarters. While pre-school centres are encouraged to take reference from the guiding principles in the NEL Framework, they may also design their programme based on certain pre-school philosophies and curriculum approaches adopted.


Does the curriculum adequately prepare my child for Primary 1?

A holistic learning experience throughout the kindergarten years ensures that the children are well prepared with a strong foundation for their future learning. This will facilitate their transition to formal schooling. In addition, preparing children for transition to primary school can be aided by families who support the child's transition by gaining a better understanding of the primary school experience.

MOE Kindergarten's curriculum is designed to nurture children holistically throughout their kindergarten years, so that they are confident, can interact well with others and have foundational literacy and numeracy skills. Moreover, the two flagship programmes, the HI-Light Programme and Starlight Literacy Programme, are developed by MOE curriculum specialists and trained educators with knowledge and experience in early childhood education and who are familiar with the primary school curriculum. The MOE Kindergarten curriculum will prepare children well by laying a strong foundation for their future learning in primary school.


Is the focus of Starlight Literacy Programme for English Language and Mother Tongue Language on listening and speaking only? How will reading and writing be taught?

The Starlight Literacy Programme aims to nurture early childhood bilingualism. It focuses on developing children's listening and speaking skills and early literacy skills (which include reading and writing skills) through Shared Reading using Big Books. It is important to develop children's listening and speaking skills in the pre-school years as they lay the foundation for reading and writing.

While the focus is on developing children's listening and speaking skills, children will also have opportunities to learn to read and write as they will be exposed to words through songs and stories. Teachers will guide children to learn to read and write these words in a relevant context. This applies for both the English Language and Mother Tongue Languages.


Can my child learn a Mother Tongue Language (MTL) that is not our own?

Bilingual education is a cornerstone of our education system. In particular, learning of MTL can help to reinforce our values, roots and identity, by giving us direct access to our cultural heritage. We encourage children to take their respective official MTL at MOE Kindergartens.

In the event that you opt for your child to learn an MTL that is different from his or her ethnic race, this does not mean that your child can opt to learn that MTL at Primary 1. When your child enters Primary 1, you will be required to submit a request to MOE for your child to learn an MTL that is different from his or her ethnic race. This request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and is subject to MOE's approval.


Are Hanyu Pinyin and spelling taught in the MOE Kindergartens?

The focus of language learning in the pre-school years is on developing the listening and speaking skills of children, which will lay the foundation for language learning and literacy in later years. Hanyu Pinyin is not taught in MOE Kindergartens as it is part of the Primary 1 curriculum and children will be taught that when they start formal schooling.

As word recognition should be taught in context, children will not be given word or spelling lists to memorise. Instead, children will learn words in context so that they understand the meaning of the words and are able to use the words in speech and in writing.


Are there phonics programmes in the MOE Kindergartens?

MOE Kindergartens do not adopt any specific phonics programmes. In the Starlight Literacy (English Language) Programme, children will have opportunities to learn the names and sounds of letters in the context of stories, rhymes and poems. This will prepare them for English Language in Primary 1, which continues to focus on the development of early literacy skills.


My child already knows how to read and write in the English Language (EL) and Mother Tongue Language (MTL). How will the MOE Kindergarten better prepare my child for Primary 1?

One of the flagship programmes at MOE Kindergarten is the Starlight Literacy Programme offered in EL and the three MTLs, namely Chinese, Malay and Tamil languages. The programme provides opportunities for children to enjoy and use the language confidently on a daily basis through a variety of activities. All these will lay a strong foundation and better prepare children for the next stage of learning in Primary 1.


Is there homework for children in the MOE Kindergartens?

Children do not bring back workbooks or worksheets to work on independently at home. Instead, the MOE Kindergartens provide family-based learning activities for families to work at together with their children. This extends children's learning at home, enabling parents to bond with their children and share the joy of their children's growth and learning. The activities are designed to be meaningful for families and enjoyable for children.

For example, as part of the theme "Who are the people and what are the places around me?" children learn how to be good neighbours through class discussions and role-play activities. To extend their learning at home, one of the family-based learning activities involves families recording what the children did and said as good neighbours for sharing with the class.


How will the children's progress be evaluated in the MOE Kindergartens?

At MOE Kindergarten, the monitoring of our children's progress is not through pencil and paper assessments. Our teachers focus on observing the children and their learning experiences throughout the year to gain insights on their learning and development. They document and interpret the information to find out what children know, understand and can do. This helps teachers to build on children's learning and plan for future learning activities. The teachers share the children's progress with parents in various ways such as through learning portfolios and during biannual parent-teacher meetings. The learning portfolios portray children's holistic development through children's work samples, photographs of their involvement in activities and teachers' anecdotal notes.

How can I register my child for Kindergarten Care (KCare)?

KCare is available only for children enrolled in MOE Kindergarten (MK). It is available at all MKs except MK@Tampines.

You can indicate your preference for the full-day service programme (i.e. 4-hour MK programme, with KCare for the other half of the day) when you submit your application online within the stipulated MK registration period. If your child is already enrolled in an MK, please speak to the MK Centre Head about your interest. All school-based MKs have sufficient KCare vacancies for all children who are successfully enrolled to the MK programme. For community-based MK@Yishun, owing to space constraint, the number of KCare places for K1 is 20 in the morning session and 20 in the afternoon session in 2019.

How is the safety of the MOE Kindergarten children ensured in the primary school?

The kindergarten management and school management work closely to ensure the physical and social well-being of both groups of children. There are dedicated learning spaces for the kindergarten children and they will always be accompanied by a teacher or a staff from the MOE Kindergarten.


Are parents allowed to enter the primary school premises?

During arrival and dismissal times, there are designated assembly points in the primary school premises for the drop-off and pick-up of MOE Kindergarten children. Beyond arrival and dismissal times, visitors need to observe the usual guidelines for entry to the primary school. In general, all visitors to the MOE Kindergartens will need to register with the security officers.


What mitigation measures do the MOE Kindergartens have in place to manage contagious diseases and health-related crisis?

The MOE Kindergartens (and Kindergarten Care centres) take guidance from the Early Childhood Development Agency on the management of contagious diseases and health-related crisis (e.g. haze). We have in place the respective management plans to ensure the well-being of our children and staff.

What is the teacher to child ratio in the MOE Kindergartens?

There are up to 20 children in a class. Depending on the nature of the activity, classes could be further divided into smaller groups for ease of facilitation.

What is the collaboration between MOE and Anchor Operators (AOPs) about?

To provide a continuum of quality and affordable pre-school education for children aged two months to six years, MOE is working with two pre-school AOPs - PAP Community Foundation Sparkletots Preschool (PCF Sparkletots) and NTUC’s My First Skool (MFS), to pilot a new model for pre-school services.

Please click here for more information.