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Child Care Centre
Introduction:

The decision to enroll your child in a Child Care Centre need weeks if not months of careful planning.

Normally as required by MCYS, Child Care Centres are required to observe the following operating hours.

Full day child care
Monday to Fridayno later than 7.00 am to no earlier than 7.00 pm
Saturdayno later than 7.00 am to no earlier than 2.00 pm


Half day child care
Monday to Fridayno later than 7.00 am to no earlier than 1.00 pm
Saturdayno later than 7.00 am to no earlier than 2.00 pm


Closure
Sundays and Public Holidays.
Half Day on eve of Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year.
Another five days may be requested by Child Care Centre for staff to attend training & reviews.

What to consider before coming to a decision:

Parents had the option to choose a Full Day Child Care service or Half Day Child Care service.
Parents are advised to start searching for Child Care Centres in your vicinity as early as possible.
  1. Visit a few reputable Child Care Centres of your choice.
  2. Collect brochures, details, talk to the principal, teachers, friends and parents who may have children already studying in the Centre. Their references, good or bad may help you to decide whether or not the Centre is suitable for your child.
  3. Different Child Care Centre may charge differently. So it is important to check cost. For full day programme, charges may range from $500 to $700 or more. (before subsidy). For half day programme it may range from $400 to $600 or more. (before subsidy)
  4. There may be registration fees probably non-refunable. (cost varies from Centre to Centre)
Other Cost:
  1. Purchasing of Child Care's uniforms for identification purposes. Cost may be from $10 to $30 or more.
  2. P.E. shirt and shorts, shoes, name embroidery may add to additional cost.
  3. Bus transportation. (parents should check on schedules)
An example of how a Child Care Centre may be charging: (full day)

Child Care Centre monthly fees$550.00
One month deposit (refundable)$550.00
Registration fee$50.00
Insurance per year$3.00
2 sets uniform$20.00
2 sets T shirt$12.00
Floor mat$20.00


Information on Child Care Subsidy

Government Child Care Subsidy

Government child care subsidy is available for children attending licensed Child Care Centres. It is extended to both working and non-working parents. For working parents the maximum subsidy is $150 per month and for non-working parents the subsidy is $75 per month.

Note :- Lower income families can apply for financial assistance or additional subsidy. The family can either talk to the Child Care Centre or nearest Community Development Centre.

Eligibility Criteria for subsidy

The MCYS requires at least one parent is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident. The child is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident and below the age of 7 years, not attending Primary School.

Application for Subsidy

The Child Care Centre will apply for subsidy on behalf or parents. Documents needed are NRIC of parents and Birth Certificate of child. For further enquiries, parents can call 1800-2585812 or email to MCDS_child_care_link@mcds.gov.sg

Information on Baby Bonus

This scheme first introduce in April 2001, enhanced in August 2004 benefits the 1st and 4th child born on or after 2004. Parents will get a cash gift of $3000 each for 1st and 2nd child, and $6000 each for 3rd and 4th child.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th children will get Government contributions, dollar for dollar matching for the savings parents contribute to CDA (children development account). This is a special savings account open at a POSB Branch. You contribute to CDA till 31st December in the year the child turn 6 years old. The Government will matched up to the cap of $6000 for the 2nd child and $12,000 each for the 3rd and 4th child.

Savings in the CDA can be use for Child Care Centre and Kindergartens. The CDA savings can also be used to purchase Medishield or Medisave approved private integrated plan for all your children, including medical related expenses.

Preparation of child for Child Care Centre

Once you have decided on the Child Care Centre, the best option is to see if there is a trial period where your child can attend for 3 days. Some Child Care Centre allowed a period of between one to two weeks trial. (check the cost before making a decision).

This trial period is to allow the child to be accustomed to the Centre, the teachers, students, surroundings, it's facilities, food, playground, lessons and so on. Once the child settles down after the trial, parents should have peace of mind.

Other services available at Child Care Centres
  1. Baby or Infant Care (age of child range from 2 or 3 months to 16 or 17 months)
  2. Pre-nursery or Playgroups (age range from 18 months to 36 months)
  3. From 3 years, a child can attend Nursery
  4. Kindergarten class for 4 and 5 year olds before going to Primary 1
Talk to the Child Care Centre of your choice for a full range of programmes available.
Apr 2008
 
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