Eligible working parents (including self-employed, adoptive, foster parents, step-parents, and legal guardians) caring for and enjoying quality time with their children can enjoy childcare leave under Government-Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL) & Extended Childcare Leave (ECL) scheme.

You can refer to the MSF’s website for more details here: https://www.profamilyleave.msf.gov.sg/schemes/childcare-leave


Government-Paid Child Care Leave

Benefits for GPCL

Eligible working parents who have any Singapore citizen child below 7 years old can enjoy up to 6 days of leave per relevant period.

For each parent who has any Singapore citizen child below 7 years old,

  • the employer will pay for the 1st to 3rd day of your GPCL, at your gross rate of pay; and

  • the Government will reimburse/pay for the 4th to 6th day of your GPCL, capped at $500 per day or a total of $1,500 in any calendar year.

Eligibility for GPCL

  1. Your child is a Singapore citizen (or obtains Singapore citizenship at any time during the relevant period) and is below 7 years old at any time during the relevant period.

  2. For employees: You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months.

  3. For self-employed persons: You have been engaged in a particular trade, business, profession, or vocation for a continuous period of at least 3 months, and have lost income from ceasing to be actively engaged during your GPCL period.

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


Extended Childcare Leave

Benefits for Extended Childcare Leave (ECL)

Eligible working parents who have any Singapore citizen child between 7 and 12 years old (both inclusive) can enjoy 2 days of leave per relevant period.

For each parent who has any Singapore citizen child between 7 and 12 years old (both inclusive), the Government will reimburse/pay for all 2 days of your ECL, capped at $500 per day or a total of $1,000 in any calendar year.

Eligibility for ECL

  1. Your child is a Singapore citizen (or obtains Singapore citizenship at any time during the relevant period) and is between 7 and 12 years old (both inclusive) at any time during the relevant period.

  2. For employees: You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months.

  3. For self-employed persons: You have been engaged in a particular trade, business, profession, or vocation for a continuous period of at least 3 months, and have lost income from ceasing to be actively engaged during your ECL period.

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


How To Submit Your Employee's Claims Online?

For employers

Below are the steps you’ll need to take to submit your employee’s GPCL & ECL claims online:

  1. Obtain the declaration form (GPCL1) and supporting documents from your employee and verify their eligibility for GPCL/ECL. You can also use your own form or system to capture your employee’s declaration. Please note that the information requested should be similar to those in the declaration form.

    • The declaration form or records must be kept for 5 years from the last day of the relevant period for audit purposes.

  2. Submit your claim for reimbursement online via the Government-Paid Leave (GPL) Portal no later than 3 months after the last day of the 12-month period.

  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.


Claims Submission Deadline

Claims can only be made after the leave is taken. All claims must be submitted no later than 3 months after the last date of paternity leave taken.

More information on the submission deadline can be found here:

https://www.profamilyleave.msf.gov.sg/faqs/claims-submission#relevantPeriod:~:text=When is the submission deadline for Government-Paid Leave (GPL) claims%3F

* image is taken from MSF's website for your reference.


Happy claiming. 😄

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