Tag Archives: Childcare leave

SIX DAY CHILDCARE LEAVE A YEAR NOT ENOUGH

Currently, no mater how many young kids you have, the Government had made it mandatory to have childcare leave for the labour force, but it is capped at six days per year per parent for children below seven years old. Now, this hardly sends a correct signal about the noises the Government have been making lately for Singaporeans to have more kids. How is six days enough for someone with more than one young child? A simple virus itself will take off probably two days of the childcare leave, so how to sustain for the whole year? The writer suggested tiered childcare leave, where rather than having a limit of six days per child, it could be 10 days for parents of two, and 14 days for three children.

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EXTRA MATERNITY LEAVE WILL NOT HELP INCREASE FERTILITY RATE

Harvard professor said that giving extra maternity and childcare leave to women would never help in raising fertility rates, but instead leads to reinforcing the “gendered division of labour” in the household, where women stay at home to do housework and take care of the children while men work. This will also leads to employers bias against hiring women, especially mothers. No need for the professor to come out and say this. For one thing, to increase fertility rate in Singapore, prices needs to be more affordable. Child care centers, prices of milk powder, diapers, all expensive, like that how to have children? Another thing, employers already have this mindset, that mothers will be more problematic when it comes to work time, compared to fathers. This happens in Asia, and of course Singapore, cannot escape from this. Thus, this mindset need to be changed first, before more women are open to raising kids.

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