Government-Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL): How to apply

Updated: 24 May 2017
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Working parent, including self-employed, with a Singapore Citizen child under the age of 12 can enjoy paid Childcare Leave under the Government-Paid Childcare Leave scheme or the Extended Childcare Leave scheme.

Benefits at a glance

Government-Paid Childcare Leave Scheme:

  • If your youngest child is under the age of 7 years, you and your spouse are each entitled to 6 days of paid childcare leave over a 12-month period.
  • The first 3 days of your leave is employer-paid (or yourself, if self-employed), while the last 3 days of leave will be government-paid (capped at $500 a day, including CPF contributions).
  • Each working parent can claim up to 42 days of paid childcare leave in respect of the youngest child until the year the child turns 7 years old.
  • The government will reimburse your employer (or yourself, if self-employed) a maximum of 3 childcare leave days in a calendar year.
  • Your paid childcare leave is pro-rated according to your length of employment service as follows:
Length of service with employer during relevant period Number of days of childcare leave
Not less than 3 months but less than 5 months 2
Not less than 5 months but less than 7 months 3
Not less than 7 months but less than 9 months 4
Not less than 9 months but less than 11 months 5
Not less than 11 months 6

Extended Childcare Leave Scheme:

  • If your youngest child is between the age of 7 and 12 years, you and your spouse are each entitled to 2 days of paid childcare leave over a 12-month period.
  • The 2 days are fully paid for by the government (capped at $500 a day, including CPF contributions).
  • Your paid childcare leave will not be pro-rated.

Are you eligible?

You must meet the following requirements to qualify for GPCL:

For Government-Paid Childcare Leave Scheme

  1. Your youngest child (by marriage or adoption) is below 7 years of age;
  2. Your child is a Singapore Citizen; and
  3. If you are an employee: You must have served your current employer for a continuous 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.

For Extended Childcare Leave Scheme

  1. Your youngest child is between 7 and 12 years of age (inclusive);
  2. Your child is a Singapore Citizen; and
  3. If you are an employee: You must have served your current employer for a continuous 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.

Notes

  • You cannot claim reimbursement for childcare leave taken before you meet all the requirements for Government-paid childcare leave.
  • If you do not meet the requirements for either scheme, but are an employee covered under the Employment Act, you are entitled to 2 days of childcare leave every year. This is only applicable to parents with children below 7 years old.

Terms and Conditions

  • Childcare leave is not transferable between parents.
  • Unconsumed childcare leave for the year cannot be carried over to the next year.
  • Unconsumed childcare leave will be forfeited when you leave your current employment.
  • Childcare leave per year can be for any 12-month period as agreed between you and your employer ("relevant period"). If there is no agreement, the leave year will be taken to be the calendar year by default.
  • If you have children in both age groups of below 7 years and between 7 and 12 years (inclusive), your maximum childcare leave entitlement for the relevant period will be 6 days, based on the age of your youngest child.
  • You cannot use childcare leave to offset the notice period when you leave your job.

How to apply: if you are an employee

  1. Ensure you have not exceeded your childcare leave entitlement.
  2. Give your employer early notice of your leave arrangement/leave period. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.
  3. Submit the declaration form (Form GPCL1) with all necessary supporting documents to your employer. Your employer may use its own declaration form/system for you to declare your eligibility.
  4. Apply for childcare leave in accordance with your company's leave application procedures.

How to claim: If you are self-employed

The government will pay you for the days you were on childcare leave.

The payment is calculated based on your Notice of Assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

Your payment amount is as follows:

For Paid Childcare Leave Scheme

The last 3 days of your 6 days of childcare leave taken per year, capped at $500 a day (inclusive of CPF contributions)

For Extended Childcare Leave Scheme

The 2 days of childcare leave taken per year, capped at $500 a day (inclusive of CPF contributions)

  1. Record and keep a personal log of your GPCL dates.
  2. Submit your claim online within 3 months from the last day of your childcare leave or the last day of the calendar year.

    Tips

    If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and maintain your profile.

    Read our FAQs and watch the online demo for details. 
  3. Proceed to the GPL Portal to make an online claim.
  4. Log on to GPL Portal with your SingPass to check on the status of your application. A notification email will be sent to you once your application has been processed.

Note: Late claims will be denied.

Processing time:

Please refer to the GPL Portal

How to claim: If you are the employer

  1. Obtain the declaration form (Form GPCL1) and supporting documents from your employee at the point of childcare leave application. You may also use your own form or system to capture the employee's declaration. Click here for the information you would need to capture in the declaration.

    Tips

    Check that the number of childcare leave days already taken by your employee has not exceeded 3 days of Government-paid childcare leave for the relevant period. You are strongly encouraged to do so if the employee is new.
  2. Submit your employee's claims online within 3 months from the last day of your employee's childcare leave or the last day of the relevant period.

    Tips

    If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and maintain your profile.

    Only authorized persons can maintain your company's profile. Read our FAQs and watch the online demo for details. 
  3. Proceed to the GPL Portal to make an online claim.
  4. Log in to GPL Portal with your CorpPass or SingPass (where relevant) to check on the status of your application. A notification email will be sent to you once your application has been processed.

Note: Late claims will be denied.

Processing time:

Please refer to the GPL Portal

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