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Confinement Nanny Information in Singapore

A valid Ministry of Manpower (MOM) work permit is required for all confinement nannies of Malaysian nationality in order to be permitted to work legally in Singapore. Apply work permit for confinement nanny to Ministry of Manpower can be by done online by a confinement nanny agency or do it yourself through eServices or submit the forms manually.

The temporary mom work permit can be issued up to a maximum of 16 weeks starting from your child’s date of birth. Unlike S Pass which require minimum salary to be at least $2,200 a month to qualify, there is no salary requirement for confinement lady. However, similar to Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW), monthly levy fee is mandatory. MOM levy charges for a Malaysian confinement lady is $60 or $265 a month with $30 application fees. Yourself or your appointed confinement lady agency can apply for mom work permit extension and cancellation if required. Although there are guidelines to follow on how to apply work permit for confinement nanny, parents should consider the reasons to take a do-it-yourself approach or to source from a professional confinement nanny agency such as:

  • Are they experience and reliable? Can i trust them?
  • Do they really know how to take care of my confinement period?
  • Will my confinement lady really turn up after i placed my deposit fees?
  • What can i do if the confinement lady is hard to get along?

Illegal Employment

People may be unaware that it is an offence for any foreigner to work in Singapore without an authorised mom work permit. It is stated under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EMFA) (Cap. 91A) that no foreigner who comes to Singapore as tourist or social visiting with a visit pass is allowed to work, regardless paid or unpaid. It will be treated as work pass infringement. The offender (employing foreigner without any valid work pass) will need to pay a severe fine between SGD5,000 to SGD30,000 or charge for imprisonment for up to one year or being charged for both. More details regards to the penalties for common offences can be found at MOM website.

Confinement Nanny Temporary Work Permit Guidelines

If you decide to hire foreign confinement nanny, you can apply the temporary work permit by yourself as the employer or through your appointed employment agency. MOM Guidelines states that application submission should be done not more than 1 month or 4 weeks before EDD or expected date of delivery of baby. The validity date for the temporary work permit is limited. Confinement nanny work permit is issued commencing from your child’s date of birth for a short term duration up to maximum of 16 weeks. The validity date will be shorter if the application is applied after the child is born. Therefore, the employers or parents for newborns of age more than 4 months are advised not to employ a foreign confinement nanny. There is also a criterion for both nannies and parents (employers) to meet before hiring.

Confinement Nanny Work Permit Extension

Work permit for confinement nanny can be extended or renew based on 2 conditions. You can extend confinement lady’s stay if the duration of the single-entry visit pass is lesser than the required employment period for her work permit or she has to leave Singapore during the employment period. You can apply for confinement nanny work permit extension by yourself or through your appointed confinement nanny agency.

Cancel Confinement Nanny Work Permit

It is important for employer to note that before the expiry of the single-entry visit pass, the confinement nanny has to leave Singapore. The employer (if you are hiring by yourself) or your appointed licensed employment agent have to cancel the work permit of the confinement lady if her work permit expires or her employment ended even before it expires. The levy will be charged until the eve of the cancellation.

Eligibility Criteria for Employer

  1. Age at least 21 years old
  2. Able to pay monthly levy fees
  3. Applying for newborn below 4 months old

Eligibility Criteria for Confinement Nanny

  1. Female Malaysian
  2. Age between 23 years to 70 years old
  3. Working at employer’s residence only (Not allowed to work for other employers)

Medical Insurance For Confinement Nanny

  • Not mandatory for medical examination but advisable for parents or employers to send confinement nanny for medical checkup.
  • Buying medical insurance for confinement nanny is required in case of any mishaps (at least SGD 15,000). Your insurance agent will be the best person to advise on coverage.
  • You as the employer, will be responsible for the well being of the nanny under the conditions and regulations of Employment of Foreign Manpower.
  • Employers are encouraged to learn what are the medical insurance policies available for the nanny from the agents.

Application Processing Time

  • Online: 1 working day to process and approve unless more information is needed.
  • Manual: 5 working days.

Levy Charges and Fees By MOM

  1. Application Fees: SGD $30
  2. Monthly Levy Fee:

a)     Singapore citizen baby: SGD $60

b)     Non-Singapore citizen baby: SGD $265