FAQs on Enhanced Infant and Child Care Subsidies


For Parents​


Amount of Subsidies a​nd Eligibility

No.

Anticipated Issue

Response

1

What are the subsidies available for parents?

Parents who enrol their child (who is a Singapore Citizen) in a licenced child care centre will receive a Basic Subsidy (BS) of up to $600 and up to $300 for infant care and child care respectively depending on the main applicant’s working status.

On top of BS, parents may receive Additional Subsidy (AS) of between $100 and $440 for child care and $200 - $540 for infant care depending on the household income level.

Please refer to the “List of Subsi​dy Tables and Worked Examples​” for more details.

2

What are the eligibility criteria to receive Basic Subsidy (BS) and Additional Subsidy (AS)?

All parents with a Singapore Citizen child enrolled in an ECDA-licenced child care centre will receive BS.  The amount will depend on the main applicant’s working status and the programme type that the child is enrolled in. 

To qualify for the AS, the main applicant (the mother) should be working at least 56 hours per month, and the monthly household income should not exceed $7,500. 

For larger families with 5 or more members with more than 2 dependents who are not earning an income, they may apply for AS through Per Capita Income (PCI) if the family’s PCI does not exceed $1,875.

3

How will you determine my household income?

Monthly household income is based on the sum of the gross monthly income of both parents.

4

How will you determine my Per Capita Income (PCI)?

For larger families with 5 or more members with more than 2 dependents who are not earning an income, they may apply for AS through Per Capita Income (PCI).

All family members must be related by blood, marriage and/or legal adoption and iving in the same residential address as reflected on the NRIC of the main applicant. Dependents refer to persons living in the same household who are not earning an income.

    

Per Capita Income (PCI) = 

Total gross monthly household income of family members 
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Number of family members living in the same household

5

What is the minimum co-payment amount?

Parents will receive the Additional Subsidies subject to a minimum co-payment amount.  Parents are required to pay a minimum portion of their childcare fees as a reflection of their stake in their child’s education and development. The minimum co-payment amount increases progressively as household income rises. For example, a family earning less than $2,500 will minimally have to co-pay $3 for child care, while a family earning $4,501-$7,500 will have to co-pay at least $215.

Please refer to the “List of Subsi​dy Tables and Worked Examples​” for more details.​

6

Is there additional help for larger families with many elderly or young dependents?

 

Yes, larger families with many dependents can choose to have their Additional Subsidy allotment computed on a per capita income (PCI) basis. This will ensure that such families receive additional help.

Please refer to the “List of Subsi​dy Tables and Worked Examples​” for more details.

7

Is there any financial assistance for families who are unable to afford childcare fees even after the Basic and Additional Subsidies?

 

Low-income families with extenuating circumstances can apply for further child care financial assistance if they are unable to afford childcare fees even after the Basic and Additional Subsidies. They can also apply for a one-time grant to cover the initial start-up costs of enrolling a child in the centre.

Children who are Singapore Citizens and placed in affordable child care centres can be considered for further financial assistance. Both parents should also be working at least 56 hours per month, or produce valid reasons for not working, such as he/she is on medical leave, under incarceration, looking for work, or has been certified as a full-time caregiver for a dependent. Relevant supporting documents should accompany the application.

Eligible families may apply for the assistance through the child care centre.

For more information, please approach your child care centre.

8

What if my income level changes after I have applied for the Additional Subsidy? Will the subsidy amounts I qualify for change?

You may submit a Notification of Change (NOC) to the child care centre at any point in time if your household’s financial circumstances have changed. The Additional Subsidy (AS) will be recalibrated to better support you based on your new household income.

If you did not qualify for AS previously and believe that you qualify after your household’s financial circumstances have changed, you may submit an NOC together with an application for AS through your centre.

9

Will my income be assessed on a yearly basis?

No. Your income data will be verified to determine your subsidy eligibility and allotment when your child first enrolled into an infant / child care centre; has a change in care programme and in the year the child progresses to K1 programme.   

10

Will I enjoy Additional Subsidies if my child is enrolled in half-day and flexi-care programmes?

Yes. Half-day care programmes qualify for subsidies pro-rated at 50% of full day care. Similarly, flexi-care programmes will receive pro-rated subsidies based on the number of hours of care received per week.

Please refer to the “List of Subsi​dy Tables and Worked Examples​” for more details.

11

Is my adopted child eligible for child care subsidies?

Yes, your adopted child will be eligible for both Basic and Additional Subsidies if he/she is a Singapore Citizen enrolled in a licenced child care centre and meets the eligibility criteria.  You will need to provide official documents for verification of eligibility.    

12

I am a working mother who is a non-Singapore citizen (Permanent Resident or Foreigner).  Will my child be eligible for the child care subsidies?

If your child is a Singapore citizen, he/she will enjoy the Basic and Additional Subsidies if all the eligibility criteria are met.

 

13

Do single fathers enjoy child care subsidies?

Fathers who are widowed, divorced or undergoing separation are also eligible for Basic and Additional Subsidies.

They should inform the child care centre of their circumstances and submit the relevant document for verification purposes:

a) Death Certificate of mother

b)    Separation Deed/ Decree Nisi Absolute stating that the father has the care and control of the child 

c)    Statutory Declaration or Police Report stating that the child's mother has left home with unknown contact. 

The centre personnel will assist to submit the subsidy applications for them.

14

Will stay-at-home/ non-working mothers benefit from child care subsidies?

Stay-at-home/non-working mothers are eligible for Basic Subsidy of up to $150 per month. They will not be eligible for the Additional Subsidy.  However, they may also be eligible for other benefits such as the Baby Bonus and the Government’s matching contribution in the Child Development Account which can be used to defray preschool expenses.

15

If I am a non-working mother with extenuating circumstances (retrenched, actively looking for employment, taking care of sickly family members, with a child with special needs), will I benefit from Additional Subsidies?

You may wish to approach your centre personnel who will assist you to submit an application to ECDA for consideration of full subsidy support given your extenuating circumstances.

We will consider each appeal carefully on a case-by-case basis.  The centre will be informed of the outcome of the assessment.

16

How does a child care centre calculate the GST on childcare fee and subsidy?

For GST registered child care centres, GST is charged on the full value of the monthly fee before subsidy.

Parent will have to pay net school fees after subsidy plus GST charged on the full value of the monthly fee.

17

If my child is currently in EIPIC (Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children), does he/she qualify for Additional subsidies?

The Additional Subsidies do not apply for the EIPIC programme, which has its own subsidy framework.

Please refer to https://www.sgenable.sg​ for more details.

18

Can I use the Additional Subsidy at all child care centres?

Yes, as long as the centre is licensed with ECDA. The subsidy will be disbursed via the centre where your child is placed. You will only need to pay the subsidised fees (i.e. child care fees less the Basic and Additional subsidies).



Application for Subsidy

19

How do I apply for the Additional Subsidy?

You may obtain a copy of the application form from the child care centre or download the application forms here

20

Am I required to declare my employment details and my spouse's particulars to the centre?

Yes, both parents are required to declare their personal particulars (including employment details) to the centre in order to claim subsidy.  If you are a self-employed, you will also need to declare your working status, working hours per month and income level by making a Statutory Declaration (SD).

21

What do I need to do if there is a change in my child’s programme?

You are required to inform the child care centre when there is a change of care programme using ECDA Form 3, "Notification of Changes". This is to ensure that the amount of subsidy claimed is correct.

22

What do I need to do if I want to withdraw my child from the centre?

You must complete ECDA Form 4, "Withdrawal from Child Care Centre / Subsidy" to inform the centre of the withdrawal. You can obtain the form from the centre.

23

What do I need to do if I want to transfer my child to a new centre?

You must inform the current centre of the withdrawal and complete ECDA Form 4: Withdrawal from Child Care Centre / Subsidy, in order for the new centre to enrol your child. You can obtain the form from the centre.

In addition, you will need to re-apply for Additional Subsidy at the new centre if the eligibility criteria is met.

24

Do I need to inform the child care centre if there is a change in my working status?

You will have to inform the centre of changes in your working status promptly. This is to ensure that the subsidy support is in accordance to your working status and household income. 

Please submit a declaration of working status to the centre for verification. For self-employed applicants, you are required to submit a statutory declaration to indicate your:

    -       working status and nature of job and

    -       total working hours per month and

    -       gross monthly income per month 

Please note that non-disclosure of a change in working status is an offence and legal action may be taken against you for giving false information to the Ministry.



Kindergartens

25

Are there any equivalent subsidy enhancements for kindergartens?

Basic and Additional Subsidies are only applicable at ECDA-licensed child care centres.

Parents whose gross monthly household income is $6,000 and below and have a Singapore Citizen child enrolled in kindergarten, nursery or pre-nursery (K2, K1, N or pre-N) programme in kindergartens operated by Anchor Operators (e.g. PCF kindergartens) or the Ministry of Education (MOE kindergartens) are eligible for Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS).

Parents may also utilize the Baby Bonus cash gift and funds in the Child Development Account to defray preschool expenses. 




Information updated as at 21 November 201​6​​
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