[Updated: This blog post was written before the new ruling: “With effect from 1 February 2018, the Commissioner for Oaths (CFO) services at the Supreme Court will only be available for Supreme Court-related matters. Members of the public who require CFO services for non-Supreme Court related matters can approach private law firms providing these services.”]
So the new childcare and infant care subsidies are about to kick in.
But the changes will only effect working mothers and since I’ve been taking up some freelance jobs, I checked out the criteria and hey, 56 working hours per month seems viable. That’s only like 3+ hours per day, I can definitely clock that.
So I went about researching online and realized to claim the subsidy, I’ll need to first declare my status as self-employed/freelancer at the Supreme Court. Not to lie. I’m slightly intimidated by the whole official-oath thingy initially but trudged on to City Hall anyway.
It’s the building right opposite Funan IT Digital mall.
I went to the Commissioner for Oaths at the third floor (3M) during late afternoon (which was relatively empty) and the lady at the counter immediately knew what I wanted when I told her I’m here to “declare my freelance working status”. She gave me a Statutory Declaration form to fill out (personal particulars, work address and contacts), after which I paid the fee of $20 and waited to go inside the Oaths office (which wasn’t long, because there’s only one other person before me).
When I went into the office, I was asked whether all that’s written was indeed correct and then signed the form in front of the lawyer.
And voila! That’s it!
It was over in like less than 10 minutes and easier than I thought.
Bring the form along with you when you next register/pay for your little one’s childcare fees at the center.
New Enhanced Childcare/Infant care subsidies