FAQs on Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) – With effect from January 2015

 

KiFAS

Question:       When will the enhanced Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) take effect?

Answer:          The enhanced KiFAS will take effect from January 2015.

 

Eligibility for KiFAS​

Question:       What are the eligibility criteria for Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)?

Answer:          (i) The child must be a Singapore Citizen.

                        (ii) The child is enrolled in kindergartens operated by Anchor Operators                                                              (AOPs, e.g. PCF kindergarten) or the Ministry of Education (MOE kindergarten).

                        (iii) The gross monthly household income is $6,000 or below and/or for larger families,                                    the per capita income is $1,500 and below.

 

Question:       Is my adopted child eligible for KiFAS? 

Answer:          As long as there is an Adoption Order, birth certificate of the child with you as the parent,                         and the child is a Singapore Citizen, he/she will be eligible for KiFAS, subject to the other                         eligibility criteria.

 

Question:       I am a non-Singapore citizen (PR or foreigner) parent. Will my Singapore citizen child be                           eligible for KiFAS?

Answer:          If your child is a Singapore Citizen and the other eligibility criteria are met, your child will                         be eligible for KiFAS.

 

Application for KiFAS​

Computation of KiFAS based on gross monthly household income

Question:      How will you determine my gross monthly household income?

Answer:        For applicants who are salaried employees, the monthly household income will be                                   based on the average monthly income received over the last available 12 month period, 
                      including bonuses and allowances. This will be derived by checking with the CPF Board 
                      upon receiving applicant’s consent.

                      For applicants who are salaried employees but do not have any CPF contribution, 
                      he / she will need to furnish us with latest pay slip, appointment letter indicating gross 
                      monthly income or employer’s income certification letter.

                      For applicants who are self-employed or unemployed, the following documents listed in                           Table 1 may be provided as proof of employment status and personal income.


Table 1: List of documents for KiFAS application​

Without CPF contribution

Employee

Self-Employed

Unemployed

1.    Pay slip

2.    Appointment letter indicating gross monthly income within 4 months of date of KiFAS application

3.    Employer’s income certification letter

4.    Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) card / Letter of Consent (LOC)4

1.    Latest Notice of Assessment

2.    Statement from clients / customers stating nature of work, number of hours of work and monthly income from work

3.    LTVP card / LOC4

Not applicable

Note:

     1.    The above list is not exhaustive. If you have other supporting documents not listed above, you may write in to Contact@ECDA.gov.sg for clarification. Applican​t may also be required to provide other supporting documents to support their KiFAS applications.

     2.    In absence of the above supporting documents, applicant must provide a Statutory Declaration (SD) on their employment status and gross monthly household income (as applicable).

     3.     Applicant may make the SD by approaching

                      i.        kindergartens operated by Anchor Operators (e.g. PCF kindergartens) or the Ministry of Education (MOE kindergartens) at no cost; or

                    ii.        any Commissioner for Oaths in Singapore listed in this website – http://www.conp.sg/co-np-directory-listing or at the Commissioner for Oaths Office of the Supreme Court at a cost of $20.

     4.    Applicable for KiFAS applicant who is a foreigner

 

Statutory Declaration

Question:       Under what circumstances will a Statutory Declaration be required for KiFAS 
                        application?

Answer:          Statutory Declaration will be required if the applicant is not able to provide supporting 
                        documents for the scenarios as listed in the table below.

S/N

Scenario

Supporting documents required

A

Declaration of relationship to the child if the main applicant is not the child’s parent at the point of application

·        Supporting documents e.g. police report, lette​r from Singapore Prisons Department to prove that the parents   are not around to take care of the child;

·        Legal document stating that the applicant has care and control of the child;

·        Letter of Recommendation or Social Report from social worker;

·        Any other documents to prove that the parents are not around to take care of the child


B

Declaration by applicant who is facing marital issues

·        Court Order stating that the applicant has care and control of the child;

·        Legal documents to prove that divorce proceedings had been initiated

 

Computation of KiFAS based on Per Capita Income (PCI)

Question:       When will the computation of KiFAS based on PCI be applicable?

Answer:          KiFAS computation using PCI will be used when there are 5 or more family members
                        living in the same household including more than 2 dependents. 

 

Question:       Who are the family members?

Answer:          Family members must be related by blood, marriage and/or legal adoption and living in
                        the same residential address as reflected on the NRIC of the KiFAS applicant.

 

Question:       Who are the dependents?

Answer:          Dependents refer to persons living in the same household as the KiFAS applicant and
                         who are not earning an income.


Question:       How is Per Capita Income (PCI) computed? 

Answer:          PCI = Total gross monthly household income of family members                                                                               Number of family members living in the same household

 

KiFAS Rates

Question:       How much fee assistance can I hope to receive under KiFAS?

Answer:          The actual amount of KiFAS that a family will receive depends on the family’s income
                         level and the actual kindergarten fees charged.
 

                         Parents may be eligible for KiFAS up to 99% of the monthly kindergarten fees or up to
                         $170 (inclusive of GST).

Gross Monthly Household Income (HHI)

Gross Monthly

Per Capita Income (PCI)

Maximum % of

Fee Assistance up to

Maximum Fee Assistance up to

(inclusive of GST)

$2,500 and below

$625 and below

99%

$170

$2,501 - $3,000

$626 - $750

98%

$165

$3,001 - $3,500

$751 - $875

90%

$150

$3,501 - $4,000

$876 - $1,000

75%

$130

$4,001 - $4,500

$1,001 - $1,125

50%

$85

$4,501 - $5,000

$1,126 - $1,250

35%

$60

$5,001 - $6,000

$1,251 - $1,500

20%

$35

 

KiFAS Application

Question:       How do I apply for KiFAS?

Answer:          KiFAS application forms will be provided to you through your AOPs and MOE 
                         kindergartens.



Changes to Information Provided in KiFAS Application

Household income

Question:       What if my income level changes after I have applied for KiFAS? Will the KiFAS amounts 
                        I qualify for change?

Answer:          You may submit a new KiFAS application to the kindergarten at any point in time if your                           household’s financial circumstances have changed. 

 

Question:       Will my income be assessed on a yearly basis?

Answer:          Your income data will be re-verified every 2 years to determine your KiFAS eligibility and 
                         allotment.

 

Programme Type

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

Answer:          
Your Kindergarten operator will inform ECDA and the amount of KiFAS will be 
                         re-computed automatically and adjusted where applicable.

 

Question:       What do I need to do if I want to transfer my child to a new kindergarten?

Answer:         You may apply for KiFAS when your child enrolls in another AOP or  MOE kindergarten.

 

Financial Assistance

Question:       Is there any financial assistance for lower-income families who may not be able to cope                         even after receiving KiFAS?

Answer:
          Families requiring further financial assistance can approach the Social Service Office 
                         (SSO) for assistance. The nearest SSO based on your  residential address can be found                          at  
http://app.msf.gov.sg/dfcs/sso/default.aspx.

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Information updated as at 12 July 201​6​​
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