​About ECLC

The ECLC is a platform for educators with passion for direct teaching practice to advance their pedagogical practices and knowledge in key domain areas, through peer sharing and learning at sector level. Educators who join Learning Communities as core members will also be known as Pedagogist And Specialist in TEaching and Learning (PASTEL). They will be nurtured to become future pedagogical leaders, and go on to lead Communities of Practices (CoPs) for other educators in future.

Eligibility Criteria
•  Minimally meet the relevant competencies and skills required for “Senior Infant Educator”, “Senior Early Years Educator”, “Senior Preschool Educator” (Note: Occupational Title should be accurately reflected in ONE@ECDA at point of application)
•   Be employed under a licensed Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC)
•   Possess a valid Letter of Notification (LON) issued by ECDA
•  ​Able to provide strong evidence of past and/or present records of experiences and involvements in domain area applied for

ECLC Domain Areas
For 2022-2024, there are learning communities on the following domain areas.

Customised Professional Development Opportunities and Support for PASTELs
During the two-year membership, ​PASTELs​​ can look forward to:
•   An induction programme organized by ECDA
•   Regular participation in their Learning Community with other like-minded educators
•   Opportunities to lead a CoP for other educators
•   A professional dialogue with local/overseas domain experts
•   A professional exchange among core members
•   Other professional development opportunities fully funded by ECDA
•   An experienced Resource Person who will lead each domain area’s Learning Community
​•  A Professional Development grant of $1,500 for self-selected courses and resources relevant to pedagogical leadership

Employers of PASTELs will receive an annual manpower relief fund of $800 for every core member on ECLC.


Congratulations to our inaugural batch of PASTELs whose ECLC membership is from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024.

The next round of ECLC applications will open in end 2023, and educators with specialties in one of the domain areas may be invited to apply. For enquiries, contact us at ecda_pp@ecda.gov.sg.

​Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are Professional Development Programme (PDP) participants eligible to join ECLC?
Educators who are currently on the PDP (Teacher/ Leader/ Educarer) are not eligible to join ECLC. Only participants who have completed their PDP may apply. This is to ensure that educators are able to better manage the commitment level of the programme they are currently pursuing.

2. Are Scholarship participants eligible to join ECLC?
​Educators who are currently studying are not eligible to join ECLC. Only participants who are slated to complete their studies before ECLC commences may apply. This is to ensure that educators are able to better manage the commitment level of the programme they are currently pursuing.

3. Are management staff who are not on the direct teaching track eligible to join ECLC?
The ECLC is targeted at senior/lead educators and above, including pedagogical and curriculum specialists who are currently in direct teaching practice. Educators who are in management or centre leadership roles may be considered depending on their track records and past experiences in the selected domain area.

4. Can educators apply to join more than one domain area?
All educators are to select only one domain area that they wish to join during each ECLC membership term of two years.

5. How frequent will the Learning Communities (LC) be?
Core members are expected to meet in their LCs, led and facilitated by a Resource Person (RP) for a minimum of eight hours annually. The frequency and duration will be decided by the RP based on the learning needs of each LC, after the ECLC officially commences.

6. Where are the Resource Persons (RPs) from? What are their experiences?
The ECLC RPs are officially appointed by ECDA for their expertise and experience in specific domain area. They are either curriculum specialists from MOE or faculty members and lecturers from Institutes of Higher Learning, which offer Early Childhood courses.

Information updated as of April 2022​​​

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