​ECDA Practitioner Inquiry (PI) Grant


The ECDA Practitioner Inquiry (PI) Grant is a professional development initiative that seeks to engage practitioners in conducting inquiry. Necessary training and an inquiry framework are available to guide practitioners in reflecting, conceptualizing, implementing and evaluating action plans for issues they have identified in their classroom/centre teaching-learning practices.​

Training is available to support practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills in carrying out an inquiry in the classroom/centre. Prior to applying for the PI Grant, the main applicant and/or the team members will have to ensure that they have attended either An Overview of PI for EC Educators(formerly known as PI Grant Sharing)​ or Practitioner Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (PIECE) workshop or ECDA-organised workshops related to PI (e.g. Action Research in the Early Childhood Classroom workshop).

Funding support from ECDA will be provided for successful applicants of the PI Grant. For classroom-based PI project, ECDA subsidises up to 90% of the total cost of the approved project, subject to a maximum of S$1,000 per project and grant recipients are required to co-pay 10% of the cost of the approved project. For centre-wide PI project, ECDA subsidises up to 90% or 95% of the total cost of the approved project, subject to a maximum of S$4,000 per project and grant recipients are required to co-pay 10% of the cost of the approved project (5% co-payment for SPARK-certified centres).

Upon completion of the project, practitioners will submit the following Project Deliverables:

1. Final report using the guidelines provided
2. Final expenditure form with supporting documents (e.g. certified true copies of receipts, payment vouchers)
3. Any other forms of documentation (e.g. video clips, photos, lesson plans)

Selected participating pre-schools may be invited to share their inquiry process, action plans and learning points with other pre-schools at Professional Development sessions organised by ECDA (e.g. Peer Sharing, ECDA Early Childhood Conference).


Eligibility Criteria

(a) The PI grant is open to all ECDA-certified educators or Centre leaders who are currently employed in ECDA-registered pre-schools

(b) For Classroom-based PI project, the Main Applicant must have attended and completed a one-off PI pre-requisite workshop (applicant does not need to attend workshop again for subsequent applications), prior to applying for the PI grant.

(c) For Centre-wide PI project, at least one of the Team Members must have attended and completed a one-off PI pre-requisite workshop (that member does not need to attend workshop again for his/her subsequent applications), prior to applying for the PI grant.

For Professional Development Programme (PDP) participants

Please take note that:

(a) PDP(L) participants will need to be the Main Applicant so that the PI project can count towards their PDP project milestone.

(b) PDP(T) and PDP(E) participants can be either the Main Applicant or Team Member so that the PI project can count towards their PDP project milestone. Selection will be based on the quality of the PI project proposal.

PI Grant Application

The PI Grant application period for 2021 is from 6 April 2021 to 18 May 2021. Please sub​mit your application here or scan the QR code below.​



Priority will be given to:
(a) Centres that have not received the PI Grant in the last 2 years
(b) Centres that are not currently participating in other 2021 ECDA grant schemes i.e. IG2021 and IGP2021

For enquiries, please email ECRF@ecda.gov.sg​.

​Information updated as at April 2021

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