Enhanced Subsidies For Centre-Based Infant Care And Child Care
To help make infant and child care services more affordable for lower- and middle-income families, a new subsidy framework takes effect from 1 Apr 2013. Under the new subsidy framework, parents with Singapore Citizen children enrolled in licensed child care centres continue to be eligible for a Basic Subsidy of up to $600 for infant care and $300 for child care.
On top of the Basic Subsidy, families with working mothers, and with gross monthly household incomes of $7,500 and below, are eligible for an Additional Subsidy, with lower income families receiving more. Larger families with many dependents can also choose to have their Additional Subsidy computed on a Per Capita Income (PCI) basis, as follows:
Total gross monthly household income of family members
Number of family members living in the same household
Monthly Subsidy for Full-Day Infant Care Program
(for Singapore Citizen infants aged 2 to 18 months)
Monthly Subsidy for Full-Day Child Care Program
(for Singapore Citizen children ages 18 months to 6 years)
*Households with 5 or more family members (including more than 2 dependents) may wish to apply for the Additional Subsidy computed on a PCI basis.
^Subject to a minimum co-payment by parents. More details on the schedule of minimum co-payment amounts are available on the website www.childcarelink.gov.sg.
#Non-working mothers will continue to be eligible for a Basic Subsidy of up to $150 per month.
Parents who place their children on half-day program are eligible for subsidies pro-rated at 50% of full-day care. Similarly, flexi care programme will receive pro-rated subsidies based on the number of hours of care received per week.
Parents should note that the infant and child care subsidies are disbursed through the child care centres. Consequently, parents need only pay the nett fees after subsidy.
Am I eligible?
All parents with Singapore Citizen children enrolled in child care centres licensed by ECDA will continue to be eligible for a Basic Subsidy. In addition, families with monthly household incomes of $7,500 and below are eligible for an Additional Subsidy, with lower income families receiving more. Larger families with many dependents can also choose to have their Additional Subsidy computed on a per capita income basis. To apply for the Additional Subsidy, you should be a mother working 56 hours or more per month, have a Singapore citizen child enrolled in a licensed child/infant care centre in Singapore and your monthly household income should not exceed $7,500. To qualify for the infant care subsidy, the infant must be a Singapore Citizen aged 2 to 18 months. To qualify for the child care subsidy, the child must be a Singapore Citizen aged above 18 months to below 7 years old.
How to apply?
All applications for the Basic and Additional Subsidies can be made through our centre. We will provide you with the necessary application forms.