Bringing Up Babies, Toddlers and Children in Taiwan

Everything for parents with young children living in Taiwan: with information on health matters, child benefits, and childcare...

The welfare and rights of all children and young people, including toddlers, is the responsibility of Taiwan’s Child Welfare Bureau. The Bureau is part of the Ministry of the Interior, and delivers services through local government departments.

Parents of children under the age of three are eligible for subsidies for their children’s medical treatment for services covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. In 2009 these subsidies were extended to cover children up to the age of 18 from families with mid-to-low incomes. In Taiwan, mid-to-low income families, or individuals, are defined as those having a monthly per capita income below the standard minimum living expenses level. The amount varies between different administrative areas.

Foreigners employed in Taiwan are eligible for National Health Insurance as soon as they start working in the country; their dependents become eligible once they are resident in the country and stay for four consecutive months.

Toddler Health

Health clinics, which can be found in every district, city and township, are the first point of call for healthcare in Taiwan. They promote child health management.

An immunisation programme is provided free of charge for babies and toddlers in Taiwan. The Taiwanese government checks the immunisation records of all children attending pre-school or elementary school to ensure that all children are protected. Parents are required to submit a copy of their child’s immunisation record when they start attending a kindergarten, elementary school or day care centre. By the age of five, children receive vaccinations for BCG, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, polio and Japanese encephalitis.

  • To view the current immunisation schedule: Click here (PDF)

Children can receive their vaccinations at a health clinic or in some hospitals. Upon arriving in Taiwan foreigners should take their child and their immunisation record to a health clinic to see if there are any vaccinations that the child should receive.

There are general health checks for small children: four for children under 18 months old, and one each for children between 18 and 24 months, 2 to 3 years and 3 to 7 years.