Leave Management > Leave Types and Entitlements > Childcare Leave

Employees are eligible for childcare leave in terms of the Child Development Co-Savings Act or the Employment Act.

The Child Development Co-Savings Act

If an employee is covered by this Act, they are entitled to six days of childcare leave per year. The Act applies to all parents of Singapore citizens provided the following three conditions are met:

  1. The child is younger than 7 years old;
  2. The child is a Singapore citizen; and
  3. The parent has served the employer for a continuous period of three months OR the parent is self-employed, engaged in such business for at least three calendar months and lost income as a result of not engaging in business for the childcare leave period.

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

Each parent is entitled to six days of childcare leave per year until the year 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.

As with other leave types in Singapore, the number of days to which the employee is entitled is dependent on the duration of their service with the employer – during the first year of service an employee’s leave entitlement is pro rated depending on how many months they have worked. The childcare leave entitlement is also adjusted in the case of terminated, temporary, contracted and probationary employees.

The Employment Act

Parents of non-citizens are covered under the Employment Act and are entitled to 2 days childcare leave per year provided that:

  1. the child – this includes legally adopted children and stepchildren – is under the age of seven; and
  2. the employee has worked for the employer for at least three months.

Extended Childcare Leave

Since May 2013, working parents have been eligible for an additional two days a year of extended childcare leave if they meet the following two requirements:

  1. The youngest child is aged between seven and 12 years old (inclusive);
  2. The child is a Singapore citizen; and
  3. The parent has served the employer for a continuous period of at least three months OR the parent is self-employed, engaged in such business for at least three calendar months and lost income as a result of not engaging in business for the childcare leave period.

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

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