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Subsidies For Preschool

To help make infant and childcare services more affordable, parents with Singapore Citizen children enrolled in licensed childcare centres are eligible for a Basic Subsidy of up to $600 for full-day infant care and up to $300 for full-day childcare.

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. In addition, families with Singaporean children attending kindergarten programmes by Anchor Operators and the Ministry of Education (MOE) also receive a means-tested subsidy under the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) if their gross monthly household income is $6,000 and below.

Larger families with 3 or more dependants can also choose to have their Additional Subsidy or KiFAS computed on a Per Capita Income (PCI) basis.

<Enhanced> From January 2020, the Government will raise the gross monthly household income ceiling for Additional Subsidy and KiFAS to $12,000, so that more families will benefit. The Government will also increase the subsidy amounts across all income tiers qualifying for Additional Subsidy and KiFAS.

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

Working Mother Status

Gross Monthly Household Income

Gross Monthly Per Capita Income(PCI)

Basic Subsidy

Additional Subsidy

Max Total Subsidy^

Working Mothers

$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

Non-working mothers

$150

N/A

 

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

Working Mother Status

Gross Monthly Household Income

Gross Monthly Per Capita Income*(PCI)

Basic Subsidy

Additional Subsidy

Max Total Subsidy^

Working Mothers

$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

Non-working mothers

$150

N/A


Current
Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)
(for Singapore Citizen children enrolled in kindergartens run by Anchor Operators or MOE)

Gross monthly household income

Gross monthly per capita income

Max KiFAS (for fees excl. GST)

Max KiFAS (for fees incl. GST)

$2,500 and below

$625 and below

$160

$170

$2,501 to $3,000

$626 to $750

$155

$165

$3,001 to $3,500

$751 to $875

$140

$150

$3,501 to $4,000

$876 to $1,000

$120

$130

$4,001 to $4,500

$1,001 to $1,125

$80

$85

$4,501 to $5,000

$1,126 to $1,250

$55

$60

$5,001 to $6,000

$1,251 to $1,500

$30

$35

Above $6,000

Above $1,500

NA


Enhanced
Monthly Subsidy for Full-Day Child Care Programmes, from January 2020
(for Singapore Citizen children aged above 18 months to below 7 years old)

Working mother status

Gross monthly household income

Gross monthly per capita income*

Basic
Subsidy

Additional Subsidy

Max Total Subsidy ^

Working mothers

$3,000 and below

$750 and below

$300

$467

$767

$3,001 to $4,500

$751 to $1,125

$440

$740

$4,501 to $6,000

$1,126 to $1,500

$340

$640

$6,001 to $7,500

$1,501 to $1,875

$260

$560

$7,501 to $9,000

$1,876 to $2,250

$190

$490

$9,001 to $10,500

$2,251 to $2,625

$130

$430

$10,501 to $12,000

$2,626 to $3,000

$80

$380

Above $12,000

Above $3,000

N/A

$300

Non-working mothers

 

$150

N/A

$150


Enhanced
 Monthly Subsidy for Full-Day Infant Care Programmes, from January 2020
(for Singapore Citizen infants aged 2 to 18 months)

Working mother status

Gross monthly household income

Gross monthly per capita income

Basic
Subsidy

Additional Subsidy

Max Total Subsidy^

Working mothers

$3,000 and below

$750 and below

$600

$710

$1,310

$3,001 to $4,500

$751 to $1,125

$640

$1,240

$4,501 to $6,000

$1,126 to $1,500

$500

$1,100

$6,001 to $7,500

$1,501 to $1,875

$380

$980

$7,501 to $9,000

$1,876 to $2,250

$240

$840

$9,001 to $10,500

$2,251 to $2,625

$100

$700

$10,501 to $12,000

$2,626 to $3,000

$40

$640

Above $12,000

Above $3,000

N/A

$600

Non-working mothers

 

$150

N/A

$150


Enhanced Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)
(for Singapore Citizen children enrolled in kindergartens run by Anchor Operators or MOE)

Gross monthly household income

Gross monthly
per capita income

Max KiFAS

$3,000 and below

$750 and below

$170

$3,001 to $4,500

$751 to $1,125

$156

$4,501 to $6,000

$1,126 to $1,500

$111

$6,001 to $7,500

$1,501 to $1,875

$91

$7,501 to $9,000

$1,876 to $2,250

$71

$9,001 to $10,500

$2,251 to $2,625

$51

$10,501 to $12,000

$2,625 to $3,000

$21

Above $12,000

Above $3,000

N/A


*Households with 5 or more family members (including 3 or more dependants) may wish to have their income assessed on a per capita basis, which may qualify them for higher Additional Subsidy or KiFAS. 

^Subject to a minimum co-payment by parents. More details on the schedule of minimum co-payment amounts are available on the website https://www.ecda.gov.sg/Pages/Subsidies-and-Financial-Assistance.aspx Parents need only pay the net fees after subsidy.

  • 1. How do I apply?

    All applications for the Basic and Additional Subsidy (for child care and infant care) and KiFAS (for kindergarten) should be made through your preschool. Your centre will provide you with the application form.

  • 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 (5 or more members) with 3 or more dependants can choose to have their Additional Subsidy or KiFAS 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 and flexi-care programmes are available. Please find details on ECDA’s website at https://www.ecda.gov.sg/Pages/Subsidies-and-Financial-Assistance.aspx 

Last Updated : 28 Aug 2019