Thursday January 24, 2013
Making child care affordable
THE Government is giving more subsidies to make child and infant care services more affordable for lower and middle income families.
Under the new subsidy framework, all parents will continue to receive basic subsidies of S$300 (RM743) to S$600 (RM1486) for child and infant care programmes.
But those earning a monthly household income of S$7,500 (RM18,577) or less will enjoy an additional subsidy ranging from S$100 (RM247) to S$540 (RM1,337), on top of the basic subsidy, depending on their income.
Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing announced these details yesterday.
The initiative is meant to complement other measures under the Marriage and Parenthood Package announced on Monday.
Up to two-thirds of households can now benefit from higher subsidies on top of the basic subsidy.
Lower income families who may need more financial help could get a one-time start-up grant of up to S$1,000 (RM2,477) per child to help with the initial cost of placing a child in a centre.
The grant covers items such as deposit, uniforms, registration fee and insurance charges.
The new subsidy framework, which will increase the Government’s investment in child and infant care by S$105mil (RM260mil), will take effect on April 1 this year.
The Government will also expand the number of child care and infant care places for lower and middle income families. More details will come in the second quarter of this year. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network