The ECDA Practitioner Inquiry (PI) Grant is a professional development initiative that seeks to engage practitioners in conducting inquiry. Necessary support 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.
Guidance will be provided 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 member(s) will have to ensure that they have attended either the
PI Sharing Session or
Practitioner Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (PIECE) Workshop or other previous ECDA-organised PI-related workshops (e.g.
Action Research in the Early Childhood Classroom workshop, An Overview of PI for EC Educators (formerly known as
PI Grant Sharing), Practitioner Inquiry: Thinking Deeper into Classroom Practices). Registrations for the PI Sharing Session are now open and interested practitioners can register through
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).
(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 training/sharing (applicant does not need to attend training/sharing 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 training/sharing (that member does not need to attend training/sharing again for his/her subsequent applications), prior to applying for the PI grant.For Professional Development Programme (PDP) participantsPlease take note that:(a) PDP(L) participants will need to be the Main Applicant for a centre-wide PI Project 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 ApplicationThe PI Grant application period for 2022 is from 19 April 2022 to 31 May 2022. Please submit 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 2022 ECDA grant schemes i.e. IG2022 and IGP2022For enquiries, please email