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Childcare options in Singapore when going back to work

In Singapore, the biggest challenge most mothers face is not childbirth, but childcare. Most Singaporean mothers go back to work after having a child, either in order to maintain the dual-income family, or because they enjoy the challenges of their careers.

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Whatever the reason, you need to know the childcare options in Singapore for when it’s time for you to go back to work. Here is a breakdown of some of the options for you.

Infant care centre

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Infant care centres take care of babies from age 2 to 18 months, with a ratio of one care-giver to five infants. Expect the cost of infant care to be higher than regular child care centres due to the high staff-to-child ratio and the extra training needed. However, the government provides a subsidy of up to $600 for working mums to enroll their child in an infant care centre. Infant child care requires less commitment than hiring a domestic helper, and there’s less likelihood of abuse since employees are qualified and supervised. However, the rules are rigid and you won’t know how much personal attention your baby will get. Another risk is that your baby may fall sick more easily from bugs passed by other children, so you need to make sure you're up to date with your vaccinations.

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