As the cost of living in Singapore continues to rise, it comes as no surprise that the number of dual-career couples has increased, reaching a new high of 53.8 percent in 2015. With this growth, there has naturally been a greater need for childcare services. In order to cater to the demand, the Ministry of Social and Family Development targets to add 20,000 childcare places between 2013 and 2017.
If you and your spouse both contribute to the household income, your child may already be in a childcare centre, or is perhaps taken care of by a foreign domestic worker. If you are lucky enough, you may have your parents or relatives to help out. However, these options of sending the children to a childcare centre, hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) or asking the grandparents to help with babysitting each has its shortcomings:
a.There aren’t enough childcare centres and there are at times long wait-lists to secure places. Even if you are able to get into a childcare centre, children who are unwell are asked to stay at home and the centres oassionally close for cleaning or training, leaving parents to make alternative arrangements.
b.FDWs are not feasible options for parents on a tight budget as minimum wages of FDW, currently at S$550 per month, continue to rise.
c.Grandparents might still be working, not live in the same country or not be fit enough to babysit.
With these issues in mind, and as