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Useful information for single unmarried mothers in Singapore

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Parental and Childcare Leave

Government-Paid Childcare Leave (GPCL) and Extended Childcare Leave (ECL)

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What is it?

Working parents, including single parents, can enjoy Government-Paid Childcare Leave for their young children.

Government-Paid Childcare Leave (GPCL)

  • You can enjoy 6 days of paid childcare leave each year.
  • First 3 days of leave are covered by your employer, and last 3 days of leave are covered by the government, capped at $500 per day.
  • The amount of leave is pro-rated based on your period of employment in the year.

Extended Childcare Leave (ECL)

  • You can enjoy 2 days of paid childcare leave each year.
  • The leave is covered by the government, capped at $500 per day.

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Am I eligible?

Government-Paid Childcare Leave (GPCL)

  • Your child is a Singapore citizen.
  • You have worked continuously for at least 3 months.
  • Your name is on your child’s birth certificate.
  • Your youngest child (including adopted children) is below 7 years old.
  • For adoptive parents, you will be eligible only after the Adoption Order is passed.

Extended Childcare Leave (ECL)

  • Your child is a Singapore citizen.
  • You have worked continuously for at least 3 months.
  • Your name is on your child’s birth certificate.
  • Your youngest child (including adopted children) is between 7 and 12 years old, both inclusive.
  • For adoptive parents, you will be eligible only after the Adoption Order is passed.

If you do not meet the minimum employment requirement, you are still eligible to 2 days of childcare leave every year as long as:

  • Your youngest child is below 7 years old.
  • You are covered under the Employment Act.

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