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Childcare Subsidies for Full Day Childcare and Infant Care

Type: Parliamentary Questions

Topic(s): Children & Families, Financial Assistance & Social Support


Question

Assoc Prof Walter Theseira Nominated Member of Parliament

To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development for each of the last three years (a) what is the number of Singaporean children eligible for the Additional Subsidy for (i) full day childcare and (ii) full day infant care, by monthly household income and by per capita income eligibility bands, respectively; and (b) what is the number of Singaporean children actually receiving Additional Subsidy for each respective group.

Answer

1 All parents of Singaporean children who attend child or infant care, regardless of their working status, are eligible for a Basic Subsidy. The number of parents eligible for an Additional Subsidy could not be ascertained by income bands until the parents choose to enrol their child in child or infant care, and apply for an Additional Subsidy.

2 The total number of Singaporean children who received Additional Subsidy has increased by over 30 per cent from 2016 to 2018 (see Table 1 and 2 for breakdown by income tiers for children attending child care and infant care respectively).

Table 1 Number of Singaporean Children Enrolled in Child Care Receiving Additional Subsidy

Note These figures describe the number of Singaporean children enrolled in full- and half-day child care in the month of October in each year.

Table 2 Number of Singaporean Children Enrolled in Infant Care Receiving Additional Subsidy

Note These figures describe the number of Singaporean children enrolled in full- and half-day infant care in the month of October in each year.

3 Apart from supporting parents through subsidies, we will continue to make quality preschools affordable through kindergartens run by the Ministry of Education, as well as preschools under the Anchor Operator and Partner Operator scheme, which are subject to fee caps. Other forms of support, such as the Baby Bonus Cash Gift and Child Development Account matched savings, are also available to help parents defray the cost of raising children.