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*NEW* Baby Support Grant + More Benefits and Subsidies for Parents (2021 Update)

Singapore’s total fertility rate fell to a historic low of 1.1 babies per woman in 2020. The uncertainty of the pandemic situation certainly hasn’t helped our already dwindling birth rates. To reassure couples and entice them to resume baby-making, the government is offering new parents a one-off Baby Support Grant. This is on top of the enhanced Baby Bonus and other benefits and subsidies for parents designed to help defray child-raising costs.

Baby Support Grant *New*

$3,000 per child

Each Singapore citizen baby born from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022 receives a Baby Support Grant of $3,000. Yes, that’s $6,000 for twins, $9,000 for triplets, and so on. This is a one-off benefit to support parents giving birth during these challenging pandemic times. If your baby is already enrolled into the Baby Bonus Scheme, you don’t have to do anything else. It will be deposited into the same bank account you nominated.

(See also: Income Tax Reliefs for Parents – Are You Maximising Your Tax Savings?)

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Baby Bonus Cash Gift

1st & 2nd child: $8,000 | 3rd child & beyond: $10,000

All Singapore citizen children get a cash gift — the famed Baby Bonus — from the government. The first and second child each receives $8,000, while the third and subsequent child each gets $10,000. It is given out in five instalments to sustain parents over the first 18 months of baby’s life.

WhenAmount disbursed
(1st & 2nd child)
Amount disbursed
(3rd child & beyond)
Within 7-10 days after joining the scheme$3,000$4,000
Baby turns 6 months old$1,500$2,000
Baby turns 12 months old$1,500$2,000
Baby turns 15 months old$1,000$1,000
Baby turns 18 months old$1,000$1,000

Baby Bonus Child Development Account (CDA) *Enhanced*

1st child: up to $6,000 | 2nd child: up to $9,000 | 3rd & 4th child: up to $12,000 | 5th child & beyond: up to $18,000

The Baby Bonus Child Development Account is a special savings account to help parents offset selected medical and education-related expenses. Simply open a CDA for your child at any of the four big banks (DBS/POSB/OCBC/UOB). The initial CDA First Step of $3,000 will be automatically deposited into it.

Afterwards, parents who continue to save into the CDA will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government. This is capped at amounts shown in the following table. (Since 1 January 2021, the 2nd child gets double the maximum co-matching amount.)

Birth orderCDA First StepMaximum co-matchingTotal maximum disbursed
1st child$3,000$3,000$6,000
2nd child$3,000$6,000 (was $3,000)$9,000 (was $6,000)
3rd & 4th child$3,000$9,000$12,000
5th child & beyond$3,000$15,000$18,000
A female doctor smiles with a baby during healthcheck

MediSave Grant for Newborns

$4,000 per child

Every Singapore citizen child gets their very own CPF MediSave account at birth. A MediSave Grant of $4,000 is automatically credited into it. This helps parents defray healthcare expenses, including hospitalisation, selected outpatient treatments, and MediShield Life premiums.

(See also: MediSave for Pregnancy and TTC – Financial Aid for Making Babies (2021 Update))

MediShield Life Coverage from Birth

From birth, babies are automatically covered by MediShield Life, the mandatory basic health insurance for Singapore citizens. Coverage applies even for children born with congenital and neonatal conditions. MediShield Life premiums may be fully paid with funds in baby’s MediSave account, beginning with the MediSave Grant for Newborns.

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Subsidies for Infant Care and Childcare *Enhanced*

Infant care: up to $1,310 per month | Childcare: up to $767 per month

Parents who enrol their children in licensed childcare centres are eligible for a Basic Subsidy of up to $600 per month for full-day infant care and up to $300 for full-day childcare. Families with working mums may qualify for an Additional Subsidy, calculated based on gross monthly household income.

To benefit more families, the income ceiling has been raised to $12,000 since 1 January 2020. Larger families may choose to base it on per capita income. Subsidies are also available for half-day and flexi-care programmes.

Child placementMum’s work statusGross monthly household incomeBasic SubsidyAdditional SubsidyMaximum total subsidy
Infant Care (2-18mth)WorkingUp to $12k$600Up to $710$1,310
 WorkingAbove $12k$600NA$600
 Not working –$150NA$150
Childcare (18mth-7yr)WorkingUp to $12k$300Up to $467$767
 WorkingAbove $12k$300NA$400
 Not working –$150NA$150

(See also: Infant Care in Singapore: How to Choose the Right one for your Baby)

Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) *Enhanced*

Up to $170 per month

Children from lower-income households who are enrolled in an Anchor Operator preschool or MOE kindergarten are further eligible for KiFAS. To benefit more families, the gross monthly household income ceiling has also been raised to $12,000 since 2020.

(See also: 12 Types of Preschools in Singapore: The Ultimate Guide)

Doctor giving injection to boy

Free Childhood Vaccinations and Developmental Screenings *New*

The National Childhood Immunisation Schedule lists mandatory and recommended vaccinations for children in Singapore. Developmental screenings help to detect any developmental delays in children early on, allowing for timely intervention. Since 1 November 2020, these are now available for free at all polyclinics and CHAS GP (Community Health Assist Scheme General Practitioner) clinics.

(See also: Singapore Vaccinations 101: What’s Compulsory and Optional for Your Kids)

Waiver of Passport Application Fee for Newborns *New*

We know you’re not likely to need it any time soon. But since 1 January 2020, parents enjoy a waiver of the application fee on baby’s first passport. It’s valid for five years, after all. Remember to apply before their first birthday!

For more details and the latest updates on the Marriage and Parenthood Package, visit madeforfamilies.gov.sg.

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