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Subsidies For Centre-Based Infant Care And Child Care

To help make infant and child care services more affordable, parents with Singapore Citizen children enrolled in licensed child care centres are eligible for a Basic Subsidy of up to $600 for infant care and up to $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 dependants can also choose to have their Additional Subsidy computed on a Per Capita Income (PCI) basis, as follows:

PCI = Total gross monthly household income of family members

Number of family members living in the same household

Monthly Subsidy for Full-Day Child Care Programmes
(for Singapore Citizen children aged above 18 months to below 7 years old)

Monthly Household Income Per Capita Income *(PCI) Basic Subsidy# Additional Subsidy Max Total Subsidy ^
$2,500 and below $625 and below $300 $440 $740
$2,501 - $3,000 $626 - $750 $400 $700
$3,001 - $3,500 $751 - $875 $370 $670
$3,501 - $4,000 $876 - $1,000 $310 $610
$4,001 - $4,500 $1,001 - $1,125 $220 $520
$4,501 - $7,500 $1,126 - $1,875 $100 $400
Above $7,500 Above $1,875 $0 $300

Monthly Subsidy for Full-Day Infant Care Programmes
(for Singapore Citizen infants aged 2 to 18 months)

Monthly Household Income Per Capita Income *(PCI) Basic Subsidy# Additional Subsidy Max Total Subsidy ^
$2,500 and below $625 and below $600 $540 $1,140
$2,501 - $3,000 $626 - $750 $500 $1,100
$3,001 - $3,500 $751 - $875 $470 $1,070
$3,501 - $4,000 $876 - $1,000 $410 $1,010
$4,001 - $4,500 $1,001 - $1,125 $320 $920
$4,501 - $7,500 $1,126 - $1,875 $200 $800
Above $7,500 Above $1,875 $0 $600

*Households with 5 or more family members (including more than 2 dependants) 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.

#Refers to Basic Subsidy for families with working mothers. Families with non-working mothers are eligible for a Basic Subsidy of up to $150 per month.


Subsidies are pro-rated according to the number of hours of care received and are disbursed through the childcare centres. Parents need only pay the net fees after subsidy.


  • 1. How do I apply?

    All applications for the Basic and Additional Subsidy should be made through your child care centre. Your centre will provide you with the necessary application forms

  • 2. How will I receive the Subsidy?

    The subsidies will be disbursed directly to your child care centre. You will only need to pay the net fees after subsidy.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. Am I eligible for the Additional Subsidy if my child is enrolled in half-day and flexi-care programmes?

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

Last Updated : 2 Nov 2017