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Extended 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:

Extended 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).

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 and/or unpaid infant care leave? Do I have to produce a child medical certificate?

    No, a medical certificate is not required. You have the flexibility to take paid child care leave and/or unpaid infant care leave 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 child care leave and/or unpaid infant care leave?

    You will first need to declare your eligibility to your employer. You can apply for child care leave and/or unpaid infant care leave 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 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 child care leave 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 extended child care leave scheme, working parents can take 2 days of child care leave per year if they have Singapore Citizen children aged 7–12 years (inclusive), where previously, working parents were only eligible for child care leave 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 child care leave should be capped at a maximum of 6 days per year for each parent.

  • 5. Am I eligible for the extended child care benefits if I have an adopted child/ step child?

    Yes, the extended child care leave benefits cover both adopted children as well as step-children, as long as the child is a Singapore Citizen and the adoptive/ step parents 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 the extended child care leave if I am a non-citizen with a Singapore Citizen child aged 7 - 12 years?

    Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria for extended child care leave. Eligibility for child care leave is based on the child's Singapore citizenship status, not the parent's.

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

  • 7. How do employers apply for Government reimbursement for child care leave?

    Employers have to ensure that their employees qualify for the child care leave 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 : 13 Oct 2017