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Government-Paid Child Care Leave Scheme


Parents of young children often require time off from work to care for their children.

Under this scheme, parents with young children can take up to 6 days of paid child care leave each year until their child turns 7 years old.

From 1 May 2013, parents with older children aged 7 to 12 can take up to 2 days of paid child care leave.

This scheme applies to working parents with at least one Singapore Citizen child who is below the age of 13 years any time during the relevant period (any 12-month period as mutually agreed between the parent and his/her employer to take the childcare leave). The maximum number of paid leave days a working parent can take in a year is 6 days within 12 months, regardless of the number of children he or she has.

Information for employers

For parents whose youngest child is aged 7 or below, the first 3 days of the child care leave is paid by the employer while the remaining 3 is paid by the government.

For parents whose youngest child is aged between 7 and 12 (inclusive), the 2 days of child care leave is paid by the government.

The maximum claim an employer can make is S$500 per day, including CPF contributions.


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DATE PUBLISHED: Thursday, April 29, 2010
LAST REVIEWED: Monday, March 03, 2014
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