Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing announced that more children will stand to benefit from higher subsidies under the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS), which comes into effect today. The enhancements to the scheme are part of the Government’s efforts to improve the affordability, accessibility and quality of early childhood development programmes.
The changes will benefit families with Singaporean children who attend kindergartens run by Anchor Operators or the Ministry of Education. From 1 January 2015, the Early Childhood Development Agency will extend KiFAS support to families with gross monthly household income of up to $6,000, compared to $3,500 previously. Lower-income families will receive a higher quantum of support of up to $170 in fee assistance per month, compared to $108 previously. Families receiving the highest tier of support could pay as little as $1 per month. See Annex A for details.
The enhancements to KiFAS will make kindergarten education more affordable for lower and middle income families, and help them provide a good start for their children. As of end Dec 2014, over 9,000 applications have already been received under the new scheme, exceeding the 8,300 KiFAS beneficiaries in 2014. More applications are expected over the first few months of 2015.
Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) Framework
To be eligible for KiFAS, the family must meet the following criteria:
- The child is a Singapore citizen attending a kindergarten, nursery or pre-nursery (K2, K1, N or pre-N) programme conducted in an AOP kindergarten or MOE Kindergarten; and
- The family’s gross monthly household income does not exceed $6,000 or, for larger households with at least 5 family members, gross monthly per capita income (PCI) does not exceed $1,500:
|Gross Monthly Household Income
||Gross Monthly Income Per Capita
||Maximum % (Fee Assistance as a % of Fee)
||Maximum Fee Assistance (inclusive of GST)
|$2,500 and below
||$625 and below
|$2,501 - $3,000
||$626 - $750
|$3,001 - $3,500
||$751 - $875
|$3,501 - $4,000
||$876 - $1,000
|$4,001 - $4,500
||$1,001 - $1,125
|$4,501 - $5,000
||$1,126 - $1,250
|$5,001 - $6,000
||$1,251 - $1,500
The amount of fee assistance receivable is based on the maximum percentage of fees that can be covered by KiFAS capped at the maximum fee assistance.
More information on KiFAS is available on ECDA's website via https://www.ecda.gov.sg/Documents/Subsidies_Financial%20Assistance/A3%20kifas%20(Final).pdf