1) cant help you much on dat.
2) you can actually go to www.childcarelink.gov.sg to see d list of childcare centres in dat area. if you intend to send her there in a few mths time, you better start searching now cos alot of good ctrs will b full.
what i did was to list down d fees for all d centres (in my area). then shortlist 2 fr each range (exp, avg n cheap). then i'll go down to c d places. tedious but it worked for me. to me, i dont want HDB settings cos my child loves outdoor n i dont want my child to alw walk around d void decks or play at those public playgrounds. another thing i look out for is d teachers n centre's environment, hygiene n cleanliness.
anyway, you'll know what you want after visiting a few centres (ranging fr exp, mid to cheap fees).
3) pardon me for asking, r you chinese or indian? i feel dat not all filipinos got attitude or boy friend prob . depends on your luck also. maids fr other countries also will have this prob. you dont choose those vain type or too young ones. my parents got myanmese maid before but they dont know much english unless they've worked here before. d 1 my parents got, is good. knows english n chinese. i think you just have to tell d agencies your requirements.