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Introduction

The government of Singapore grants working parents with at least one child who is a Singapore Citizen under the age of 7 years, 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).


Government-Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL)

GPCL applies if your youngest child is under the age of 7 years. The government grants parents up to 6 days of child care leave per calendar year by default or any 12-month period (“relevant period”) agreed between you and your employer, a total of 42 days of child care leave for a child below the age of 7 years.


Pro-rated child care leave

Employees who do not serve the full 12 months in the "relevant period" (i.e. either the calendar year or any 12-month period mutually agreed between the employer and employee) will be eligible for pro-rated child care leave, subject to a minimum of 2 days. Child care leave is pro-rated according to your length of service as follows:

  • Length of service with employer during relevant period - Number of days of childcare leave
  • Not less than 3 months but less than 5 months - 2 days
  • Not less than 5 months but less than 7 months - 3 days
  • Not less than 7 months but less than 9 months - 4 days
  • Not less than 9 months but less than 11 months - 5 days
  • Not less than 11 months - 6 days


However, if your employer agrees to give you all 6 days of child care leave without pro-rating, the Government will reimburse your employer as long as your child care leave for the 12-month period does not exceed 6 days. Do note that these 6 days will still count towards your total of 42 days. Medical certificate will not be required of you and the Government will reimburse your employer (or you if you are self-employed) for up to 3 days of child care leave a year.


Extended child care leave benefits

The government allows working parents to spend more quality time with their children and care for them, by enhancing child care leave provisions. If your youngest child is a Singapore Citizen and aged between 7 and 12 years inclusive, parents will be entitled to 2 days of government-paid child care leave a year. Pro-ration does not apply in these type of benefit. Employees are not required to submit Medical certificate, government will reimburse the employer (or you if you are self-employed) 2 days of extended child care leave a year capped at $500 per day (inclusive of CPF contributions)


Eligibility

Government- Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL)

  • Your youngest child (including step child and adopted child) is below 7 years of age;
  • Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  • You have served your current employer (for employee) or engaged in a particular business, trade or profession (for self-employed) for a continuous period of at least 3 calendar months.


Extended child care leave benefits

  • Your youngest child (including step child or adopted child) is between the age of 7 and 12 years (inclusive)
  • Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  • You have served your current employer (for employee) or engaged in a particular business, trade or profession (for self-employed) for a continuous period of at least 3 calendar months.

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Instructions

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Procedure

To Apply:if you are an employee

  1. Make sure that you have not exceeded your entitlement for the current relevant year (6 days if your youngest child is under the age of 7 years, and 2 days if your youngest child is between the ages of 7 and 12 years inclusive.)
  2. Give your employer an early notice, allowing your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements. And obtain your employer’s approval for your child care leave plans.
  3. Submit the relevant declaration form (Form GPCL1) to your employer, with all the necessary supporting documents. Your employer may also use its own declaration form/system for you to declare your eligibility.
  4. Apply for child care leave in accordance to your company’s leave application procedures.


To Claim:

If you are self employed

The government will reimburse the income you lost for (i) the last 3 days of your 6 days of child care leave taken per year, or (ii) the 2 days of extended child care leave taken per year, capped at $500 per day (inclusive of CPF contributions).

The total amount of reimbursement is calculated based on your notice of assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

  1. Keep a record of the dates of child care leaves that you have taken.
  2. Submit your claim online to the CPF Board within 3 months from the last day of your child care leave. If you do not have a standing payment instruction with the CPF Board, please submit a direct credit authorization form with the bank’s endorsement at least 1 week before making an online claim. This will enable CPF Board to upload your bank details onto your online application form. Click here: Direct credit authorisation form.
  3. Proceed to the CPF website to make an online claim.
  4. You may log on to my CPF Online Services with your SingPass to check on the status of your application. A notification email will be sent to you once your application has been processed.


Note: Late claims will not be entertained.


If you are the employer

  1. Obtain the relevant declaration form and supporting documents from your employee at the point of application of child care leave. You do not need to use GPCL1 if you are able to ascertain your employee’s eligibility with your company’s forms/systems. You can check the number of days of child care leave taken by your employee to ensure that he/she has not exceeded 3 days of GPCL for the relevant period. You are strongly encouraged to do so especially if he/she is a new employee in case the ex-employer had voluntarily granted him/her the full 6 days of child care leave before he/she left the employment and the ex-employer has already made a claim.
  2. Submit a Direct Credit Authorization (DCA) form with the bank’s endorsement, to the CPF Board at least 1 week before the claim is submitted online. This is necessary if you do not have a standing payment instruction with CPF Board
  3. Submit your claim within 3 months from the last day of your relevant period or your employee’s child care leave. Late claims will not be entertained. Proceed to CPF website to make an online claim.
  4. You may log on to my CPF Online Services with your SingPass to check on the status of your application. A notification email will be sent to you once your application has been processed.

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Required Documents

To Apply:

  • Declaration form (Form GPCL1)


To Claim:

If you are self employed

  • Direct credit authorization form with the bank’s endorsement


If you are the employer

  • Declaration form (Form GPCL1)
  • Direct credit authorization form with the bank’s endorsement

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Validity

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Documents to Use

Follow link to view and download forms: http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg/Topics/Pages/Child-care-leave-How-to-apply.aspx?Tab=Overview

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Processing Time

Please refer to the CPF website for service standards: http://mycpf.cpf.gov.sg/CPF/Svc-Stds/GML.htm

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Manpower

18 Havelock Road

Singapore 059764

Mon–Fri: 8.00 am–5.30 pm

T: 6438 5122

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgministryofmanpower

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MOM_sg


Central Provident Fund Board

CPF Building

79 Robinson Road

Singapore 068897

CPF Call Centre 1800-227-1188 (local) +65-6227-1188 (overseas)

  • Hotlines are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

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Terms and Conditions for GPCL

  • Child care leave is not transferable between parents.
  • Unconsumed child care leave for the year cannot be carried over to the next year.
  • Unconsumed child care leave will be forfeited when you leave your employment.
  • Child care leave per year can be for any 12-month period as agreed between you and your employer (“relevant period”). If there is no agreement, the leave year will be taken to be the calendar year by default.
  • If you have children in both age groups of below 7 years and between 7 and 12 years (inclusive), your maximum child care leave entitlement for the relevant period will be 6 days, based on the age of your youngest child.
  • You cannot use child care leave to offset the notice period when you leave your job.
  • The child care leave reimbursement is capped at $500 per day (inclusive of CPF contributions).
  • You cannot claim reimbursement for child care leave taken before you meet all the criteria for Government-paid child care leave. For example, if your relevant period to take child care leave is the calendar year, and your child becomes a Singapore Citizen on 29 Dec, with only 3 days left in the year, you cannot claim for the 4th to the 6th day of child care leave taken.


Note:

If you do not meet the above criteria, but are an employee covered under the Employment Act, you are still entitled to 2 days of child care leave every year. This is only applicable to children below 7 years old.


Transition Arrangement between 1 January 2013 and 30 April 2013

The extended child care leave scheme will take effect from 1 May 2013. However, if you are eligible and your employer voluntarily grants you the leave during the transition period, the Government will still reimburse your employer the 2 days of extended child care leave that you have been given.

Note:

Self-employed are also eligible to apply for the enhanced child care leave during this transition period.

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