Frequently Asked Questions

We know you'll have a host of questions when deciding on the best for your little one. It's why we've covered the most commonly asked ones here.

Q:
How do I join the Baby Bonus Scheme?
A:

Either parent may join the scheme at www.babybonus.msf.gov.sg/parent with his/her SingPass.

Both parents will have to agree on the person (either parent and/or a third party) to:

  • Receive the cash gifts (as a Nominated Bank Account Holder)
  • Manage the Child Development Account (as a CDA trustee).

The Cash Gift bank account holder and CDA trustee can be the same person or different persons. The CDA trustee has to be above the age of 18 and not a bankrupt.

Q:
What documents do I need to join the Baby Bonus Scheme?
A:

If your child is a Singapore citizen at birth and joins the scheme 1 working day after the birth registration, we will have the details of both you (parents) and your child. You will need to complete an online form and provide your bank account number to receive the cash gift.

Additional information required for third party Cash Gift bank account holder and CDA trustee are:

  • Personal particulars
  • Bank account details
Q:
I need some help to join the Baby Bonus Scheme online. Who can I approach?
A:

You can approach:

  • [After your child's birth registration] Baby Bonus One-stop Centres at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) and maternity hospitals*
  • Citizen Connect Centres (CCCs) at Community Centres# and IRAS Service Centre
  • MSF Family Services Division at 512A Thomson Road, #02-01/09 SLF Podium, Singapore 298137

*Note: Gleneagles Hospital, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, National University Hospital, Parkway East Hospital, Raffles Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Thomson Medical Centre.

#List of community centres with CCCs can be found at http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg/Topics/Pages/Citizen-Connect-Centre.aspx

Q:
How can I open a CDA?
A:

If you are the parent of the child and a Singaporean, you can open the CDA online. When you log in to Baby Bonus Online (BBO) to join the scheme, you will need to indicate the CDA trustee. If you are the CDA trustee, you can proceed to select POSB/DBS Bank and accept the Terms and Conditions of the selected CDA bank.

If you indicate that your spouse is a CDA trustee, your spouse (CDA trustee) will receive a Baby Bonus link by email to accept the Terms and Conditions of the selected CDA bank online.

The CDA will be automatically opened within 3 working days after the CDA trustee accepts the Terms and Conditions of the selected CDA bank online.

If the CDA trustee is a foreigner or a third party trustee, we will send him or her an authorisation letter to open the CDA at any CDA bank branch.

The trustee must produce:

  • The original authorisation letter
  • Trustee's NRIC or passport
  • A copy of the child's birth certificate or certificate of Singapore citizenship (whichever is applicable).
Q:
How can I change the CDA trustee?
A:

The CDA trustee must log in with the SingPass to submit a change of trustee using the <"Change CDA Trustee"> service.

Note: If the CDA trustee is a 3rd party, only the parent can log in to submit the request. If the CDA trustee is not a Singapore Citizen, he/she must submit request for change of CDA trustee in writing to msf_babybonus@msf.gov.sg.

Q:
How can I change my CDA bank?
A:

The CDA trustee (including third party trustee) can log in with their SingPass to submit a request for change of CDA bank, using <"Change CDA bank"> service. Funds will be transferred from the old CDA to the new CDA within 3 weeks.

Note: A CDA trustee who is not a Singapore Citizen must submit request for change of CDA bank in writing to msf_babybonus@msf.gov.sg. A Letter of Authorisation will be sent to CDA trustee to open the CDA at the new CDA bank.

Q:
Can I open a new CDA directly with any of the CDA banks?
A:

You will have to log in to Baby Bonus Online to open a new CDA or change a CDA bank online.

For a foreigner or a third party trustee, you will receive an authorisation letter from MSF to open a new CDA directly with the selected CDA bank.

Q:
Can my GIRO arrangements be transferred to the new CDA?
A:

You will have to:

  • Update your Approved Institution (AI) of the new CDA number by completing a new 'Application for Interbank GIRO for Child Development Account (CDA)' and submit it to your AI. You may find the form at www.babybonus.msf.gov.sg.
  • Ensure that there are sufficient funds in the new CDA in the interim period while the funds are being transferred.
Q:
I have changed my name/child's name. Do I need to inform MSF and my CDA bank?
A:

Yes. Please email to MSF_Babybonus@msf.gov.sg, with copies of the deed poll or Certificate of Extract from Registry of Births.

The CDA trustee will also need to update the CDA bank separately by bringing the original deed poll or Certificate of Extract from Registry of Births to the bank branch, as the bank would need to see the original document(s).

Q:
When can I receive the Government's matching contribution in my child's CDA?
A:

You can receive the Government's matching contribution within 2 weeks after depositing savings into your child's CDA. You can also select 'View Account Summary' under Services, to check your child's CDA transactions.

Q:
How much can I save in the CDA?
A:

When parents save in the CDA, the Government will match dollar-for-dollar in the CDA for up to:

  • $6,000 for the first child* and second child
  • $12,000 for the third and fourth child
  • $18,000 for fifth and subsequent child*.

For example, if you deposit $10 into the CDA in July 2015, the Government will match $10 within 2 weeks after you begin saving in your child's CDA.

*Note: Children born between 1 Jan 2006 to 16 Aug 2008, who are the first child or fifth child (and above), are not eligible for Government's matching contribution in the Child Development Accounts (CDAs).

Q:
How can I save in the CDA?
A:

You can save in the CDA in any of the following ways:

  • Cash, cheque or by Standing Order
  • Funds transfer through the local ATMs or internet banking.
Q:
How can I view my CDA transactions?
A:

You can view the transactions with Internet Banking. Alternatively, you can also select 'View Account Summary' under Services, to check your child's CDA payment.