The quality and standards of care, development and learning are determined by the quality of training received by early childhood teachers. Teachers with specialised training in child development are able to create a warm and conducive learning environment to develop children’s social and emotional competencies and nurture their love for learning.
ECDA supports a number of professional training courses designed to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills to become effective facilitators in the classroom. The course that you choose will depend on your qualifications, experience and the age group of children you would like to work with.
For those who wish to work with children 18 months – 6 yearsFor those who wish to work with children 18 months – 4 yearsFor those who wish to work with children 2 months – 3 yearsFor those who wish to work with children 2 months – 18 monthsFor those who possess a Polytechnic Diploma or DegreeFor those who wish to be a Centre LeaderFor those who wish to be an Assistant EducatorFor those who wish to
be a Mother Tongue Language Teacher
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1.Which local Early Childhood training programmes are accredited by ECDA?
If you intend to embark on a certificate or diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education conducted in Singapore, you should attend a certificate or diploma programme conducted at the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) or ECDA-accredited programmes conducted by Private Training Agencies (PTAs). You may view the list of ECDA-accredited programmes
2. What kind of funding is available for the courses?
The SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) provides Singaporeans and Permanent Residents with subsidies for programmes accredited under the Singapore Skills Framework. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents also enjoy subsidised fees at local Polytechnics. For more information of the programmes fees, please contact the training agencies or polytechnics of your choice.
3. I would like to embark on the part-time Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (DECCE-T) but I do not have 5 GCE ‘O’ level credits. What can I do?
Applicants who possess a Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (CECCE) or Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (ACECCE) or WSQ ACECCE and a credit in GCE ‘O’ level English Language (or acceptable alternatives) can apply to the DECCE-T programme offered by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC). Applicants will be subjected to NIEC’s further assessment for course eligibility. For more details on course content and application procedures, please refer to: National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) -
4. Is there a list of Degrees which ECDA recognises?
ECDA does not accredit nor recognise early childhood degree or master programmes as the basic qualification required to be certified as a preschool educator in Singapore to teach children between 18 months and 6 years old is the Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (DECCE-T), WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education – Teaching (WSQ PDECCE-T) or equivalent.
5. Can I work part-time in any of the preschools as a trial to find out if I am suitable to be a preschool teacher?
As part of the Adapt and Grow initiative to help Singapore citizens adapt to changing job demands and enhance their employability, Career Trial has been enhanced to allow employers and individuals to better assess job fit across various sectors, including the Early Childhood sector. The Career Trial is part of the suite of career services offered by Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Employment and Employability Institute (NTUC’s e2i). For more information, please kindly contact WSG’s Careers Contact at 6883 5885 or NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) centres at 6474 0606. You can download a copy of the Career Trial Activities Form
6. Where can I find more information about being a kindergarten teacher, child care teacher or preschool teacher?
Kindergarten teachers, child care teachers and preschool teachers are also referred to as early childhood educators. More information about being an early childhood (EC) educator, such as the qualities of an EC educator, the careers in early childhood, the types of support available, can be found here.
Information updated as at February 2022