Parents-to-be, we bet you can’t wait to bring home that little bundle of joy.
You must be busy putting the final touches to the nursery, getting the right car seat, the correct stroller and generally making sure your home is ready for the newest addition to your family.
But are you financially ready as well?
Children grow up too fast.
In what seems like a blink of an eye, they go from being a little infant in your arms to crawling toddlers to curious preschoolers and onwards to independent primary school going kids.
All this happens almost too soon. But along this journey of theirs, they give us countless moments of happiness and pride.
The latest addition to your family will grow in a blink of an eye, as will her needs.
Growing children have growing needs
There is nothing more rewarding than watching your kids grow and nothing more fulfilling than creating a lifetime of memories with them.
However, as kids grow so do their needs, so does our desire to give them the best of everything – from education to skills to experiences.
All of this also translates into a constantly rising cost of living.
When our kids are little all we really need to spend on, is their medical needs, basic necessities, and childcare if required. As they grow older we begin to spend on their education, including enrichment classes to ensure their academic development.
But that is not enough for us. We want to invest in experiences – which includes outings to the beach, travelling to exotic locations, specialist music camps and other big and small family bonding opportunities. After all, we all want to raise a well-rounded child.
Which means, that as parents it becomes our responsibility to ensure that we plan and save for our child’s overall development, and anticipate the rising costs involved in raising them and securing their future.
So how do you make sure that you are well prepared for all the expenses that will undoubtedly come your way, as you nurture your child into a well-rounded individual?
You start planning from the very beginning of course.
To make sure that you can give your little one the best of experiences, you need to be prepared from the beginning.
Be prepared from the beginning
If you did not begin the financial planning before your baby’s birth, don’t worry. Singaporean parents have a great and unique opportunity to begin financial planning for their child in the form of the Government’s Baby Bonus Scheme.
The Scheme has two elements to it: the Cash Gift and the Child Development Account.
- Cash Gift
According to the scheme, children born on or after 26 Aug 2012, will receive a Cash Gift of:
- $6,000 for 1st and 2nd child
- $8,000 for 3rd and 4th child
In the recent National Day Rally announcement, PM Lee Hsien Loong declared that babies born on 1 Jan 2015 or after will enjoy the enhanced Baby Bonus Scheme which is as follows:
- $8,000 for 1st and 2nd child
- $10,000 for the 3rd child and every subsequent child
The payouts come into the account within the first 12 months from the birth of the child, giving new parents a financial cushion to manage the costs involved in bringing up well-rounded child in Singapore.
- Child Development Account (CDA)
The CDA is the second part of the Government’s Baby Bonus initiative.
It is a special savings account where your savings are matched dollar-for-dollar by the government.
Families that have children born on or after 17 Aug 2008, are entitled to receive Government-matching deposits in their CDA up to:
- $6,000 for 1st and 2nd child
- $12,000 for 3rd and 4th child
- $18,000 for 5th and subsequent child
Parents are allowed to use their CDA funds at Baby Bonus Approved Institutions to pay for:
- Child care centres, kindergartens and special education schools.
- Providers of early intervention programmes.
- Providers of assistive technology devices.
- Child’s medical-related expenses or purchase MediShield or Medisave-approved private integrated plans.
What parents need to remember is that while the cash gift is a one time thing, the CDA is there till your child turns 12-year-old. So, if you choose correctly, you can achieve a higher value than just the dollar-for-dollar matching by the government.
So how can you leverage your child’s Child Development Account to maximise it? Click on next to find out.
Why choose OCBC for you CDA
OCBC understand that a growing family has growing financial needs and with its product offerings, it hopes to play the role of a proactive partner in your parenting journey.
As part of this effort to support new parents, OCBC’s CDA offering enables eligible parents to maximise their CDA savings, to help further reduce expenses and create opportunities for savings:
- 2% p.a. on the first S$36,000 in your OCBC CDA
- Higher interest rates of up to 0.8% p.a. with the OCBC Mighty Savers® Programme, a kids savings programme that helps teach your child the importance of saving. Join the Programme now by signing up for the OCBC Monthly Savings Account;
- 3% cashback on medical spend with the OCBC 365 Credit Card, on top of existing card benefits such as cashback at Esso service stations, online spend and grocery stores.
- S$100 Cash Gift into your OCBC CDA for your protection and endowment plans.
- 40% off premiums for parent and child coverage under PA Protect, a personal accident plan.
- If you sign up with OCBC’s MaxMaternity Care pregnancy protection plan, you get a $108 cash gift and $108 Premium Voucher 1 into your CDA.
1 Subject to underwriting
Parenthood is an exhausting but rewarding journey.
Parenthood is always a heart warming but tiring and expensive journey, parents will need all the help (be it financial or physical) they can get. We wish all new parents and parents-to-be all the best in planning and preparing for your child’s future.
Below are the accompanying terms and conditions, as well as important notes pertaining to OCBC and their products.
Terms and Conditions
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions Governing OCBC CDA, as well as Terms and Conditions Governing Deposit Accounts (both available at ocbc.com/cda). Please refer to the Terms and Conditions Governing Monthly Savings Account and Mighty Savers Programme (both available at ocbc.com/mightysavers).
Protection & Endowment Plans Promotion: This is a one-time promotional offer for each OCBC CDA holder For full terms and conditions, please refer to ocbc.com/cda. The promotion for Protection & Endowment plans is subject to the other promotion terms and conditions being met and may not be combined with other offers and promotions The cash reward cannot be credited into any account other than your OCBC CDA, or exchanged for other items.
PA Protect Promotion: The promotion of 40% discount is only valid when you purchase the adult plan plus child plan plus child rider altogether. For full terms and conditions, visit ocbc.com/cda.
365 Credit Card: For full terms and conditions, please refer to ocbc.com/365card. The annual fee for the OCBC 365 Credit Card is S$192.60 (first two years free). The effective interest rate is 25.92% per annum and is subject to compounding if the monthly charges are not repaid in full.
MaxMaternity Care Promotion: For full terms and conditions, please refer to ocbc.com/maxmaternitycare
 0.05% p.a. on account balances above S$36,000.  Terms and conditions apply.
OCBC Bank reserves the right to waive/vary/amend any of these terms and conditions without notice. For full terms and conditions, visit ocbc.com/cda.
Refer to the next page for the important notes which OCBC has in place for their products.
Child Development Account savings are matched dollar-for-dollar up to the cap for Government matching contributions – visit www.babybonus.gov.sg for details.
Insurance policies will be underwritten by The Great Eastern Life Assurance Company or The Overseas Assurance Corporation Limited, each a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eastern Holdings Limited and a member of the OCBC Group, and are not bank deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by OCBC Bank. You may wish to seek advice from a financial adviser before committing to buy a policy. If you choose not to seek advice from a financial adviser, you should consider if the policy is suitable for you. It is usually detrimental to replace an existing accident and health plan with a new one. A penalty may be imposed for early plan termination and the new plan may cost more or have less benefit at the same cost. This document is not an offer to buy an insurance product or service. It is also not meant to provide any insurance or financial advice. Buying health insurance products that are not suitable for you may impact your ability to finance your future healthcare needs. If you decide that the policy is not suitable after purchasing it, you may terminate the policy in accordance with the free look provision, if any, and the insurer may recover from you any expense incurred by the insurer in underwriting the policy. Other terms and conditions apply. The insurance plans are protected under the Policy Owners’ Protection Scheme which is administered by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC). Coverage for your policy is automatic and no further action is required from you. For more information on the types of benefits that are covered under the scheme as well as the limits of coverage, where applicable, please contact us or visit the Life Insurance Association (LIA) or SDIC websites (www.lia.org.sg or www.sdic.org.sg).
Deposit Insurance Scheme: Singapore dollar deposits of non-bank depositors and monies and deposits denominated in Singapore dollars under the Supplementary Retirement Scheme are insured by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation, for up to S$50,000 in aggregate per depositor per Scheme member by law.