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Government-Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL) & Extended Child Care Leave (ECL)

Working parents (including self-employed) can enjoy child care leave under the GPCL and ECL schemes. This will provide sufficient time for working parents to care for and spend quality time with their children.


What are the benefits?

    Government-Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL) Scheme

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    • If your youngest child is below 7 years old, you and your spouse can each enjoy 6 days of paid child care leave over a 12-month relevant period as agreed with your employer.
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    The 12-month relevant period will be the calendar year by default, if there is no special agreement with your employer.

    If you are self-employed, the 12-month relevant period is the calendar year (1 Jan to 31 Dec of the year).

    • The Government will pay for the 4th to 6th day of child care leave. This means that the Government will reimburse your employer (or yourself, if you are self-employed) for a maximum of 3 child care leave days over a 12-month relevant period. It is capped at $500 per day.

    • Your paid child care leave is pro-rated according to your length of employment service:   

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    Extended Child Care Leave (ECL) Scheme

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    • If your youngest child is between 7 and 12 years old, you and your spouse each enjoy 2 days of paid child care leave over a 12-month relevant period as agreed with your employer.

    • The Government will reimburse both days, capped at $500 per day.

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    Important things to know

    • Your child's age is determined by the year your child was born in.

      • Example: If your child is born in 2010, your child will be considered 7 years old in 2017, regardless of the month or day your child was born.

    • Your leave benefits for subsequent years are based on when you took your first child care leave:

      • Example 1: First child care leave taken within same year of child's date of birth.
    ​Child is born in 2010
    Year 
    ​Child's age
    ​First child care leave taken
    ​2010
    ​0 years old
    ​GPCL scheme expiry
    ​2016
    ​6 years old
    ​ECL scheme start
    ​2017
    ​7 years old
    ​ECL scheme expiry
    ​2022
    ​12 years old

      • Example 2: First child care leave taken when your child is 1 year old.
    ​Child is born in 2010
    ​Year
    ​Child's age
    First child care leave taken
    ​2011
    1 year old
    GPCL scheme expiry
    ​2017
    7 years old
    ​ECL scheme start
    ​2018
    ​8 years old
    ​ECL scheme expiry
    ​2023
    ​13 years old

      • Example 3: Child care leave benefit will start when the child is 1 year old, even if you took your first child care leave when your child is 2 years and older.
    ​Child is born in 2010
    Year
    Child's age
    First child care leave taken
    ​2012
    ​2 years old
    GPCL scheme expiry
    ​2017
    ​7 years old 
    ECL scheme start
    ​2018
    ​8 years old
    ECL scheme expiry
    ​2023
    ​13 years old

    • If you have more than one child, the leave benefits you can enjoy for each 12-month relevant period is not cumulative but is based on your youngest child's age:
    ​Youngest Child
    (<7 years old)

    ​Eldest Child
    (7 to 12 years old)

    ​Child care leave benefit
    ​Yes
    ​Yes
    ​6 days
    ​Yes
    ​No
    ​6 days
    ​No
    ​Yes
    ​2 days

      • Example: If your younger child is 4 years old while your elder child is 10 years old, you will be able to enjoy 6 days of child care leave.

    • If you have a new-born in the relevant period when you are eligible for 6 days of child care leave, the leave taken in that period will be deemed to be consumed in respect of your older child.  If you have a new-born in the relevant period you are eligible for 2 days of extended child care leave, the leave taken in that period will be deemed to be consumed either in respect of your older or youngest child depending on the number of child care leave taken.  Please refer to the table below: 

      • Example: Older child is born in 2010 and youngest child is born in 2018.
    ​No. of child care leave taken in 2018
    Taken in respect of
    Child care leave benefit
    ​2 days
    Older child
    ​GPCL entitlement of 6 days per relevant period in respect of youngest child will be from 2019 to 2025
    ​More than 2 days
    ​Youngest child
    GPCL entitlement of 6 days per relevant period in respect of youngest child will be from 2018 to 2024

    • You cannot transfer your child care leave to your spouse.

    • Any unconsumed child care leave cannot be carried over to the next 12-month relevant period.

    • You cannot use child care leave to offset the notice period when you leave your job.

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    Am I eligible?


      Government-Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL) Scheme


      You must meet the following requirements:


      1. Your youngest child (
      including adopted child) is below 7 years old.

      ​Note
       
      For adoptive parents, you will be eligible only after the Adoption Order is passed.


      2. Your child is a 
      Singapore citizen.

      3.
      If you are an employee: You must have served your current employer for a period of at least 3 months.

      Or

      If you are self-employed: You must be engaged in your business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months.


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      Extended Child Care Leave (ECL) Scheme


      You must meet the following requirements:


      1. Your y
      oungest child (including adopted child) is between 7 and 12 years old, both inclusive.

      ​Note
       
      For adoptive parents, you will be eligible only after the Adoption Order is passed.


      2. Your child is a Singapore citizen.


      3. 
      If you are an employee: You must have served your current employer for a period of at least 3 months.

      Or

      If you are self-employed: You must be engaged in your business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months.


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      What if I am not eligible?

        If you are an employee covered under the Employment Act, you may be able to enjoy 2 days of child care leave every year, as long as your child is below 7 years old. More information can be found at Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) website.


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        How do I apply?


          If you are an employee:


          St
          ep 1: Ensure that you have not exceeded the maximum days of child care leave you can take.

          Step 2. Give your employer
          early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.

          Step 3.
          Submit the declaration form (GPCL1) to your employer with all necessary supporting documents. Your employer may use its own declaration form or system for you to declare your eligibility. Please check with your employer

          S
          tep 4. Apply for child care leave according to your employer's leave application procedures.

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          If you are self-employed:


          The government will reimburse you for the days you were on child care leave (up to 3 days for GPCL and 2 days for ECL). This is calculated
           based on your Notice of Assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

          Step 1. 
          Record and keep a personal log of your child care leave dates.

          Step 2. 
          Submit your claim online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last day of the calendar year.

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          If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and provide your bank details under “Maintain Bank Details”. 

          Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.

          Step 3. Log in to GPL Portal to check your application status. A notification will be sent to you once your application is processed.

          Please refer to our 
          service standards for the processing time.


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          What should I do as an employer?

            Step 1. Obtain the declaration form (GPCL1) and supporting documents from your employee. You can also use your own form or system to capture your employee's declaration. Click here for the information you would need in the declaration.

            Tip

            Go to the GPL portal to check whether there were any claims made for the employee within the same relevant period. You are strongly encouraged to do so if your employee is new.

            Step 2. Submit your employee's claims online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last day of the 12-month relevant period.

            Tip

            If your company does not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and provide your company's bank details (if you have the appropriate access rights to do so) under “Maintain Bank Details”.

            Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.

            Step 3. Log in to GPL Portal to check your application status. A notification will be sent to you and your employee once your application is processed.

            Please refer to our service standards for the processing time.


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            When must I submit the claim?

              Claims can only be made after the leave is taken. All claims must be submitted no later than 3 months after the last day of the 12-month relevant period.

              Important!

              Please submit your claims on time. All late claims will not be considered!


              ​Other Useful Links

              Government-Paid Leave (GPL) Schemes Calculator
              The calculator allows you to estimate the reimbursement you might receive upon successful application.




              Last Updated on: Monday, Nov 25, 2019 at 3:09 PM