Leave Management > Leave Types and Entitlements > Childcare Leave

Employees are eligible for childcare leave and extended childcare leave in terms of the Child Development Co-Savings Act or the Employment Act – SimplePay has a built-in system policy for childcare leave that is set up in accordance with these Acts. Eligibility and entitlement for childcare leave is determined by the age of an employee’s youngest child and their citizenship. It is therefore essential to capture this information on the system as follows:

  • Go to Employees and select the relevant employee
  • Click on Edit Info > Family Info
  • Click on Add Child
  • Enter the Name and Birthdate of the employee’s youngest child
  • Click the SG citizen? checkbox if the child is a Singapore citizen
  • Click the Leave used in birth year? checkbox if the employee took childcare leave in the year that the child was born (i.e. before they turned 1 years old). Since childcare leave is capped, this checkbox allows the system to check that the maximum has not yet been reached.
  • Repeat the previous four steps until all of the employee’s children have been captured.
  • Then click Save.
  • Repeat the above steps for each employee.

Once this has been configured, the system policy for childcare leave will determine which of the following scenarios the employee falls into.

Scenario 1: The employee is eligible for childcare leave under the Child Development Co-Savings Act

This scenario will apply to an employee, who is a parent, when all of the following three criteria are met:

  1. The employee’s youngest child (this includes legally adopted children and stepchildren) is younger than 7 years old, as captured on the Family Info page;
  2. The employee’s youngest child is a Singapore citizen, as captured on the Family Info page; and
  3. The parent has served the employer for a continuous period of three months, as captured in the Appointment Date field on the Basic Info page.

An employee under this scenario is entitled to 6 days of childcare leave per year until the child turns seven years old, regardless of how many children they have. A working parent can, therefore, benefit from a maximum of 42 days of childcare leave over a seven year period.

In accordance with the Act, the first three days are employer-paid and the last three days are Government-paid, capped at $500 per day including CPF.

During the first year of service, an employee’s leave entitlement is pro-rated depending on how many months they have worked:

Completed months of service Eligible days of childcare leave
0 – 2 Not aligible
3 – 4 2
5 – 6 3
7 – 8 4
9 – 10 5
11 – 12 6

Scenario 2: The employee is eligible for childcare leave under the Employment Act

This scenario will apply to an employee, who is a parent, when all of the following three criteria are met:

  1. The employee’s youngest child (this includes legally adopted children and stepchildren) is younger than 7 years old, as captured on the Family Info page;
  2. The employee’s youngest child is not a Singapore citizen, as captured on the Family Info page; and
  3. The parent has served the employer for a continuous period of three months, as captured in the Appointment Date field on the Basic Info page.

An employee under this scenario is entitled to 2 days of childcare leave per year until the child turns seven years old, regardless of how many children they have. A working parent can, therefore, benefit from a maximum of 14 days of childcare leave over a seven year period.

In accordance with the Act, both leave days are employer-paid.

No pro-rata applies in this scenario.

Scenario 3: The employee is entitled to Extended Childcare Leave

This scenario will apply to an employee, who is a parent, when all of the following three criteria are met:

  1. The employee’s youngest child (this includes legally adopted children and stepchildren) is aged between 7 and 12 years old (inclusive), as captured on the Family Info page;
  2. The employee’s youngest child is a Singapore citizen, as captured on the Family Info page; and
  3. The parent has served the employer for a continuous period of three months, as captured in the Appointment Date field on the Basic Info page.

An employee under this scenario is entitled to 2 days of extended childcare leave per year.

These leave days will be paid for by the Government, capped at $500 per day, including CPF contributions.

This leave is not pro-rated.

Note: Since childcare and extended childcare are both based on an employee’s youngest child, an employee cannot be eligible for both.

Scenario 4: The employee does not qualify for childcare leave

An employee, who is a parent, does not qualify for childcare leave if:

  • their youngest child is older the 12 years old, or
  • their youngest child is between 7 and 12 years old, but is not a Singapore citizen, or
  • the employee has worked for an employee for less than three months

For more information about childcare leave, please visit this page of the Ministry of Manpower.

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