Living With Children:
Attraction, Parties, Adoption, Childbirth in Singapore



Expatriate Children

In Singapore living conditions for expatriates with children are excellent. Expat children will enjoy quite a number of activities usually not offered in other Asian countries.

This section helps you find activities for children in Singapore and links to services and shops targeting children's needs. Mothers-to-be may also visit the health section on maternity to find support groups. For research on the various international and local schools and kindergarten you should visit the section Education in Singapore.

Third Culture KidThere are quite a number of attractions with many attractive outdoor activities suitable for children in Singapore, which we have listed in our section tourism and travel. We strongly recommend you to view the respective web site on opening times and check out locations and facilities before your visit.

See also Teenager's Life in Singapore on how teenagers experience living in Singapore.

For courses for kids see Leisure or Sports

Adoption/Birth Register

Asian childrenAny resident in Singapore older than 25 years and 21 years older than the child to adopt can petition to the family court for adoption of a Singaporean child. The legal process takes between six months and a year and costs depend on the case.

We recommend to contact the groups below and tap their experience before you engage an adoption agency especially when you plan to adopt children from other countries in the region.

All births in Singapore have to be registered at one of the Birth Registration Centres. Upon registration, the newborn will be issued a Birth Certificate. More info see website below.


Baby Rooms in Shopping Malls


Children/Students at Work

If your teenager is looking for a part-time job during the holidays you need to watch the laws under the Employment Act which rule a young persons/ employment. Kids must be at least 13 years old to qualify for employment. If classified as a child (which is below 15) industrial work is prohibited and only light work is permitted.

Children are generally not permitted to work between 11 pm and 6 am. Once the earning are over SGD 50 a month CPF contributions are to be paid. But there are exceptions such as if they work only during school holidays or for the remaining year shortly after their examinations.

The American Association offers a program placing foreign students of various nationalities into summer jobs. Applicants must be between 14 to 18 years old and willing to work for a minimum of four weeks during the summer holidays (June to August). The appropriate student is then matched to the job description you submit, and we then forward their name to the employer for an interview and hiring.



Creativity Classes (4-16 years)




Eating Out with Kids

The following hotel restaurants offer play areas and special kids' prices during a brunch:

Giving Birth in Singapore

Often the trailing partner of expatriates relocating to Singapore has given up a career and it may be the perfect time to start or expand a family. Generally expatriates in Singapore appreciate the inexpensive domestic help available. More often than in other countries female expatriates living in Singapore take up work or start a business even with young kids in tow.Baby

The thought of giving birth away from your home country, family, friends and “traditional” support systems can be a bit scary. Luckily, there is possibly no better “home away from home” than Singapore to give birth to your new baby, and many expatriate mothers confess that they felt better taken care of during the birth process in Singapore than they would have in their home countries! Known as a regional medical hub in Asia, Singapore is safe and modern, and expatriate mothers-to-be have a wide choice of top doctors and both private and government hospitals to chose from.

Most expatriate families will take prenatal classes to prepare them for the birth of their new child. Many expatriate families will also employ a foreign domestic helper to help with the housekeeping and babysitting. After birth care is also exceptional in Singapore, with numerous resources and support systems available for expatriate families.

See also "Maternity" in the section Health
Find a Nanny


So often health care is well down on the list of ‘things to do’ when moving overseas.  You probably make sure you have insurance, but you don’t worry too much about the health services you will need until you settle into your new destination.  But maintaining well being is essential if you are to enjoy your new environment, and knowing where you can get help when you do need assistance will be one less thing to worry about. 

Expats in Singapore recommend the services of our anchor partner Smilefocus - a dental clinic established in Singapore by the Australian dentist, Dr Marcus Cooney, over 15 years ago.

Find out more about their dentists and services….

Kids' Clubs

The Girls Scout Guides Association (SGGA)
9 Bishan Street 14
Tel: 6 259 9391
The Singapore Girl Guides Association (SGGA)
Giude House
420 Clemenceau Ave.
Tel: 6 235 3001/737 2155
Australian Boy Scouts
c/o Australian /New Zealand Association (ANZA)
#06-24 Tanglin Shopping Centre
19 Tanglin Road
Tel: 6 733 1215
Singapore Scout Association (SSA)
1 Bishan St. 12
Tel: 6 259 2858
Boy Scout of America
Singapore American School
40 Woodlands St.41
Tel: 6 363 3403
National Youth Council
113 Somerset Road
Tel: 6 734 4233
Girl Scouts Overseas
Singapore American School
40 Woodland St. 41
Tel: 6 336 3403
Boarding School Group
For action planned for children visiting in the summer contact the British Women Association
#08-08 Park Mall (MRT Dhoby Ghaut)
Tel. 6339 8229

Toys, children fashion, infant needs, costume rental see Shopping

Kids' Websites


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