Maternity and Childcare leave

Updated 2 years ago by Junie Zhu

In Singapore, maternity and childcare leave are regulated under Part IX of the employment act.

Maternity leave

An employee who has been employed for more than 3 months is eligible for a maternity leave, following the rules below:

Child

Maternity leave

If the child is a Singapore Citizen

16 weeks of Government-Paid Maternity Leave

(first 8 weeks paid by the employer, last 8 weeks reimbursed by government)

If the child is not a Singapore Citizen

12 weeks of maternity leave

(first 8 weeks paid by the employer, last 4 weeks unpaid or depending on contract)

Childcare leave

An employee is elegible for a childcare leave if he/she:

  • has been employed for more than 3 months and
  • whose youngest child is below 7 years old.

Child

Childcare leave

If the child is a Singapore Citizen

6 days of paid Childcare Leave

(first 3 days paid by employer, last 3 days reimbursed by government)

If the child is not a Singapore Citizen

2 days of paid Childcare Leave

(paid by employer)


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