Parents who are employers/self-employed and have a child under 12 years of age who is a Singaporean citizen are entitled to take leaves under the GPCL scheme.
What benefits are offered under the Government-Paid Childcare Leave?
- You and your spouse can each take 6 days of paid leave over a period of 12 months if your child is under 7 years old.
- The first 3 days will be paid by your employer and the last 3 days will be paid by the government which has a cap of S$500 per day which will include your CPF contribution.
- You and spouse can claim a maximum of 42 paid leaves under the GPCL scheme until your child reaches 7 years of age.
- The government will reimburse 3 days of childcare paid leaves each calendar year to your employer.
- The number of childcare leaves you are entitled for every year will be calculated on a pro-rated basis depending on your employment period. It is calculated in the following way:
- If you have been employed for over 3 months but under 5 months – You are eligible to take 2 paid childcare leaves per calendar year.
- If you have been employed for over 5 months but under 7 months – You are eligible to take 3 paid childcare leaves per calendar year.
- If you have been employed for over 7 months but under 9 months – You are eligible to take 4 paid childcare leaves per calendar year.
- If you have been employed for over 9 months but under 11 months – You are eligible to take 5 paid childcare leaves per calendar year.
- If you have been employed for over 11 months - You are eligible to take 6 paid childcare leaves per calendar year.
Eligibility Criteria for Government-Paid Childcare Leave
You will be eligible to take childcare leaves under the GPCL scheme if you meet the following criteria:
- Your youngest child must not be older than 7 years. Your child can be adopted or your own child.
- Your child has to be a Singapore Citizen.
- For employed persons – You must have worked for your current employer for a minimum of 3 months to be entitled for leaves under GPCL.
- For self-employed persons – You must have been practicing your profession/trade for a minimum of 3 months to be entitled for leaves under GPCL.
What you need to know about the for Government-Paid Childcare Leave
- You cannot transfer your childcare leave/s to your spouse.
- If you have any unused childcare leaves in a calendar year, they cannot be carried forward to the next year.
- If you have any unused childcare leaves remaining at the time of your resignation/dismissal, they will be forfeited.
- Your childcare leave cannot be used for offsetting your notice period when you resign from your employment.
Tips to apply for the Government-Paid Childcare Leave Scheme
- Inform your employer in advance regarding when you plan on taking your leave. This will give them enough time in verifying your eligibility for the leave and for how long you can take it as well as make work arrangements accordingly.
- You must submit the Declaration Form – “Form GPCL1” along with the supporting documents to your employer. This will also be used by your employer in verifying your eligibility.
- You must apply for the childcare leave according to your company’s/employer’s leave procedures.
Every child needs to be taken care of, your duties as a parent starts right from the day your child born and will continue for the rest of your life. The Government Paid Childcare Leave (GPCL) scheme allows you to devote time that your child needs to be taken of the most until they reach 7 years of age.
The government also offers another scheme called the Government-Paid Extended Childcare Leave where parents whose children are between the age of 7 years and 12 years can take paid childcare leave for up to 2 days every 12 months and the leaves under this scheme are not prorated.