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Empowering families through Family Matters!

Because FAMILY matters. Our family is the anchor in our lives, bringing us love, joy and warmth. Our family supports us, keeps us rooted and gives meaning to our existence. A happy family does not just happen. It takes effort and commitment. FamilyMatters! empowers you with the resources, knowledge and skills to build a strong, happy family. We partner schools, workplaces and community partners to bring these resources closer to you at each life stage. We also work with businesses to create a family friendly environment for you and your family.
@Community
FamilyMatters@Community offers a variety of programmes that help enrich your family life at every life stage. These programmes are easily accessible in your community. To bring family life education to your community, click hereto access the updated Funding Application Form. Please click here for the funding guidelines.

To find appropriate family life education programmes which suit your needs, click here.

Dear Service Providers, please note that our window for submission of new Family Life Education (FLE) programmes for FY14 is now closed. We will not be accepting any new programme applications until further notice. Thank You.

Administration and Forms

To find out more, please contact us at familymatters@msf.gov.sg.
@Work
FamilyMatters@Work helps busy working adults pick up family life skills at the convenience of their workplace, so they can be happier and more productive at work. If your company is part of FamilyMatters@Work, you can attend lunch-time talks and workshops to pick up skills and build confidence to handle your family life. To find out if your company is currently a partner of FamilyMatters@Work, click here. If your company is currently not a partner, please click here for the New Partner application form.

For Employers

If you are an employer, you can partner us to support your employees at every step of their lives. These programmes help them be more effective at home as well as in their workplace. To bring family life education to your workplace, click here to access the updated Funding Application Form. Please click here for the funding guidelines.

To find appropriate family life education programmes which suit your needs, click here.

Dear Service Providers, please note that our window for submission of new Family Life Education (FLE) programmes for FY14 is now closed. We will not be accepting any new programme applications until further notice. Thank You.

Administration Programme

For employers with a minimum staff strength of 50, and who are able to commit to at least 16 hours of family life education programmes yearly, we provide funding for staff needs assessment and administration. For a list of consultants to help you do that, click here. For more details on SDN-accreditated dating agencies, please click here.

Administration and Forms

To find out more, please contact us at familymatters@msf.gov.sg.
@School
FamilyMatters@School equips parents and young adults with skills to nurture positive family relationships. We work closely with schools, parent support groups and parent volunteers so that parents can easily get access to family life programmes that help them better connect with their children. We also work with local universities that reach out to young adults, helping them improve their social and relationship skills. To bring family life education programmes or social interaction programmes to your school, click here.

For Pre-Schools

For a list of family life education programmes for pre-schools, click here.

To bring family life education to your pre-schools, click here to access the updated Funding Application Form. Please click here for the funding guidelines.

Dear Service Providers, please note that our window for submission of new Family Life Education (FLE) programmes for FY14 is now closed. We will not be accepting any new programme applications until further notice. Thank You.

For Primary/Secondary Schools/Junior Colleges

Administrative Guide

For a better understanding of FamilyMatters@School for Primary/ Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges, please download and read through the attached Administrative Guide.

Application

Application for funding is open to all MOE-registered primary, secondary and junior colleges. To apply for the funding, please fill up the attached application form.

List of Schools on Board

Please click here to find out the respective MSF officer in-charge of your schools.

FamilyMatters@School Programme Menu

For a list of family life education programmes for primary/secondary schools and JCs, click here.

Dear Service Providers, please note that our window for submission of new Family Life Education (FLE) programmes for FY14 is now closed. We will not be accepting any new programme applications until further notice. Thank You.

Revised Funding Reimbursement Process

  • Please download the presentation slides on the Coordinator Training (dated 16.07.14)
  • Guide on creating e-invoice for Coordinator Payment. Click here (dated 11.06.14)
  • Click here for the sample ITQ template for the engagement of school coordinator (revised on 14.03.14)
  • Click here for the sample ITQ template for the engagement of service provider (revised on 19.03.14)
  • Documents For All Government and Government-Aided Schools

Reports

Feedback and Evaluation

Others

Documents for All Independent , Specialised and Special Education Schools

To find out more, please contact us at familymatters@msf.gov.sg.

FamilyMatters@School for Fathers (formerly known as Fathers@Schools)

The fathering movement in Singapore started in November 2009 with a bold mission by Dads for Life to ‘inspire, mobilise and involve fathers to become good influencers in their children’s lives for life’. The movement has gained traction over the years with extensive outreach into close to 300 schools and approximately 3,000 fathers per year.

With effect from 1 April 2014, Fathers@Schools programmes will be funded under MSF’s FamilyMatters@School.

Renamed “FamilyMatters@School for Fathers”, this funding for father-child bonding programmes will replace Fathers@Schools. All schools registered under Fathers@Schools will continue to be eligible to apply for funding under this re-named entity. The funding criteria and quantum remain unchanged.

For Pre-Schools

This funding is open to all pre-schools.

Please refer to the guidelines on the required documents for submission to MSF. Below are the forms to download for submission:

For Primary/Secondary Schools/Junior Colleges

This funding is open to all schools under FamilyMatters@School. Schools that wish to tap on the funding but are not registered with FamilyMatters@School should submit a one-time application to join FamilyMatters@School. Please fill up Annex B of the application form.

To find out more on FamilyMatters@School for Fathers, please email familymatters@msf.gov.sg using header “FamilyMatters@School for Fathers”.

@Business
Through its FamilyMatters@Business initiative, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) encourages businesses to adopt strategies, infrastructure and services that cater to families. While families could benefit from family-friendly services and products, businesses could reap the rich potential of the family market. MSF provides the FamilyMatters@Business Grant to help businesses defray infrastructure and implementation costs. MSF also administers the Businesses for Families Pledge and Mark to encourage businesses to embark on family-friendly initiatives, and recognise family-friendly businesses. Further, MSF provides resources online and sharing sessions to build expertise in the formulation and implementation of family-friendly initiatives. While assisting businesses, MSF’s second thrust is to raise, among consumers, an awareness of and demand for businesses that cater to families.

FamilyMatters@Business Grant

MSF offers the FamilyMatters@Business Grant, a $4 million fund to assist eligible businesses in adopting and implementing business practices that welcome families. For details of the Grant, please click here! Please take note of new grant guidelines which will take effect from 1 August 2014.

From 1 October 2014, the FamilyMatters@Business Grant will be enhanced to give neighbourhood shopping malls a boost in creating a family-friendly environment for their customers. To find out more about the grant and eligibility, please read our Media Release and Fact Sheet.

For eligible applicants, please download the Application Form, Enhanced Grant Proposal Template and Claim Form.

To find out more, please contact MSF’s Grant Administrator, Singapore Productivity Association (SPA) at:
Ms Cherie Ong (Tel: 6375 0932, Email: cherie.ong@spa.org.sg)
Ms Alyssa Lee (Tel: 6375 0941, Email: alyssa.lee@spa.org.sg)


Businesses For Families Pledge

The Businesses for Families Pledge is a sign of commitment from businesses that they will undertake efforts to make their businesses welcoming to families. Businesses are encouraged to take the first step to becoming family-friendly by signing the Pledge. Upon taking the Pledge, businesses can apply for the FamilyMatters@Business Grant to implement family-friendly initiatives. For details of the Pledge, please click here !

Businesses For Families Mark

The Businesses for Families Mark is a national accreditation programme. It gives further impetus for businesses to go the extra mile to cater to families. Businesses which meet specific standards relating to their Strategy, Service, Infrastructure and Business Outcomes (Results) will be awarded the Mark. For details of the Mark, please click here!
@Building Capability

Funding scheme to support Family Life Education Sector

The BuildingCapabilityforFamilyMatters funding scheme supports projects that seek to enhance the capability of the Family Life Education sector in Singapore through the following:

  1. Development of new family life education content
  2. Training to upgrade the skills of family life educators
  3. Research on family issues that contributes to family life programmes
Please click here for more details on the funding scheme and the application forms.

Foundation Course in Family Life Education (Level 1)

Family Life Education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The goal of Family Life Education is to teach knowledge and skills to enable individuals and families to enhance their family life. This course is designed to provide participants with basic core skills and knowledge to co-facilitate Family Life Education programmes. The course will also provide participants both theory and practice, as well as opportunity to work with Voluntary Welfare Organisations that run Family Life Education programmes. To register for the course, please contact training provider, Academy of Human Development at 6593 5286 or refer to www.ahd.com.sg/FLE_Level1.htm For a list of frequently asked questions on the foundation course, please click here.

Family Life Education Expert Panel

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has appointed a 6-member expert panel to help strengthen capabilities in the Family Life Education (FLE) sector. This is part of the Ministry’s efforts under FamilyMatters! to enhance the standards of the FLE sector so as to provide more quality family life programmes to families across the different life stages. Please click here for a list of the expert panel members. To find out more, please contact us at familymatters@msf.gov.sg.

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DATE PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
LAST REVIEWED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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