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Child Care Leave

In order to allow working parents to spend more quality time with their children and care for them, child care leave provisions for fathers and mothers are as follows:

Government-Paid Child Care Leave

Working parents with at least 1 child who is a Singapore Citizen under the age of 7 years are eligible for 6 days of paid child care leave every year.* The first 3 days are employer-paid, and the last 3 days are Government-paid (capped at $500 per day, inclusive of CPF contributions).

You are eligible for 6 days of child care leave if:

  1. Your child is below 7 years old;
  2. Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  3. AND
    1. For employees: You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months;
      OR
    2. If self-employed: You have been engaged in a particular business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months, and have lost income as a result of not engaging in your business, trade or profession during the child care leave period.

*Note: Employees who do not serve the full 12 months in the relevant period will be eligible for pro-rated child care leave, subject to a minimum of 2 days.

Working parents with at least 1 child who is a Singapore Citizen aged 7 to 12 years (inclusive) are eligible for 2 days of paid child care leave every year, paid for by the Government (capped at $500 per day, inclusive of CPF contributions).

Extended Child Care Leave

Working parents with at least 1 child who is a Singapore Citizen aged 7 to 12 years (inclusive) are eligible for 2 days of paid child care leave every year, paid for by the Government (capped at $500 per day, inclusive of CPF contributions).

You are eligible for 2 days of paid child care leave if:

  1. Your child is aged 7–12 years (inclusive);
  2. Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  3. AND
    1. For employees: You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months;
    2. OR
    3. If self-employed: You have been engaged in a particular business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months, and have lost income as a result of not engaging in your business, trade or profession during the child care leave period.

For those with citizen children in both age groups (i.e. below 7 years and 7-12 years), the total paid child care leave for each parent is a maximum of 6 days per year.


  • 1. How can I take paid Child Care Leave (CCL)/ Extended Child Care Leave (ECL)/ unpaid Infant Care Leave (ICL)? Do I have to produce a child medical certificate?

    No, a medical certificate is not required. You have the flexibility to take paid CCL/ECL/ unpaid ICL to spend time with your child as long as you meet the respective qualifying criteria. For example, you may use it to accompany your child on his/her first day of school, or to care for your child personally when his/her usual child care arrangement is not available.

  • 2. How do I apply for paid CCL/ECL/ unpaid ICL?

    You will first need to declare your eligibility to your employer. You can apply for CCL/ECL/ unpaid ICL through your employer thereafter, in accordance with your company's usual leave-taking procedures. Please visit  www.profamilyleave.gov.sg for more details on the application process.

  • 3. Is the Extended Child Care Leave (ECL) based on the calendar or anniversary year?

    It can be for any 12-month period, as agreed between the employer and the employee. Where there is no explicit agreement, the leave year will be taken to be the calendar year by default.

  • 4. Why is CCL capped at a maximum of 6 days per year if I have both a child under 7 years and a child aged 7–12 years?

    With the ECL scheme, working parents can take 2 days of child care leave per year if they have Singapore Citizen children aged 7 to 12 years (inclusive), where previously, working parents were only eligible for CCL if they had children aged below 7 years.
    The enhanced leave measures have to balance between supporting the needs of parents in managing their work and family commitments as well as employers' concerns about business impact. In view of this, the Government has decided that CCL should be capped at a maximum of 6 days per year for each parent.

  • 5. Am I eligible for CCL/ECL/ICL if I have an adopted child?

    Yes, the CCL/ECL benefits cover adopted children, as long as the child is a Singapore Citizen and the adoptive were lawfully married at the time of adoption. The parent must also have served the employer for at least 3 months or if self-employed, have been engaged in his/her business, trade or profession for at least 3 months.

  • 6. Am I eligible for CCL/ECL/ICL if I have a step child?

    Yes, the CCL benefits cover step children, as long as the child is a Singapore Citizen and the step parents are lawfully married when the leave is taken. The parent must also have served the employer for at least 3 months or if self-employed, have been engaged in his/her business, trade or profession for at least 3 months.

  • 7. Am I eligible for CCL/ECL/ICL if I have a foster child?

    You must be a foster parent registered with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), and have a foster child placed under you care under the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA). You must also meet the Ministry of Manpower (MOM’s) eligibility criteria, listed at www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/leave/childcare-leave/eligibility-and-entitlement.

    Each eligible foster parent will receive a Letter of Identity as confirmation that a foster child has been placed under his/her care, in order to assist employers in checking the employee’s eligibility for childcare leave.

    When looking at the eligibility of the CCL/ECL benefits for foster parents, a foster child will be considered in the same way as a natural child of the foster parents. Foster parents can take the CCL/ECL only when the child is under their care.

  • 8. Am I eligible for the ECL if I am a non-citizen with a Singapore Citizen child aged 7 - 12 years?

    Yes, if your child is a Singapore citizen, the eligibility criteria for ECL is based on the child's Singapore citizenship status, not the parent's.

    For more details on eligibility for CCL and ECL, please refer to the www.profamilyleave.gov.sg.

  • 9. How do employers apply for Government reimbursement for CCL/ECL?

    Employers have to ensure that their employees qualify for the CCL/ECL before granting them the leave. Employers may visit  www.profamilyleave.gov.sg for details on the claim procedures.

For more answers to frequently asked questions by employers or about specific employment arrangements, please refer to the MOM website

Last Updated : 10 Sep 2020