Teaching and Learning Resources Grant

1.     The Teaching and Learning Resources Grant helps eligible child care centres and kindergartens defray the cost of purchase and renewal of good quality materials and equipment to support teaching and learning activities. It supports child care centres and kindergartens in setting up well-resourced, purposeful and stimulating learning environments that are equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and objects. Supported centres must offer good quality and affordable early childhood programmes. (refer to the affordability and quality criteria). 


2.     Supported centres may receive up to $4,000 per year over 3 years, on a reimbursement basis for the purchase of eligible resources. Domain categories and examples of eligible resources (non-exhaustive) are listed below for reference. ECDA will assess items not on the list on a case-by-case basis, but will exclude consumables (e.g. stationary, toner, paper) or general furniture and fittings (e.g. tables, chairs, storage units).

Domain Categories​


Motor Skills Experience

All child care centres and kindergartens should set aside space to enable play activities for motor skills development to be conducted on a daily basis.

From infancy to pre-school and beyond, children’s gross and fine motor skills develop over time and influence their physical fitness, agility and coordination, which in turn influence children’s health and mastery of self-help skills.

Having a broad range of stationary and portable motor equipment which cater to the different developmental needs allows different types of play to stimulate motor skills.​​ ​




Stationary equipment for Gross Motor Skills

  -   Giant scrambler  
  -   Small trampoline
  -   Rocking horse (low ones for toddlers) 
  -   Swing, slide, climbing frame, tunnel (e.g. 
      Quadro set)
  -   Tumbling mats 
  -   Tres, balancing planks
  -   Water play equipment 
  -   Sand play equipment​

Portable equipment for Gross Motor Skills​

  -   Hula Hoops 
  -   Bean bags
  -   Jump ropes 
  -   Stompers 
  -   Gym and playmats 
  -   Balls, rings
  -   Wheel toys (e.g. tricycles, bicycles, push-
       pull wagons toys) 

Equipment and materials for Fine Motor Skills

  -   Puzzles (including puzzles with knobs for 
      younger children) 
  -   Rattles and teething rings (including 
       objects dangling on a bar)
  -   Threading equipment, stringing beads 
  -   Nesting toys (e.g. cups) and stacking toys
  -   Scissors (child-sized) 
  -   Manipulative toys 
  -   Blocks (including hollow blocks, 
       interlocking blocks and blocks of different  
       shapes, sizes) and accessories (e.g. toy  
       vehicles, figurines)
  -   Washable markers, crayons and fat 
       pencils for younger children​

Creative and Aesthetic Experiences

Creative and aesthetic experiences offer invaluable opportunities for young children. 

Learning experiences like music, movement and art activities are fun and encourage children to express their feelings, thoughts and ideas.

These experiences also foster creativity and promote self-confidence and esteem in children. All equipment and materials should be safe and non-toxic.​




Equipment and materials for Music and Movement

  -   Musical instruments (including non-
      commercial shakers like beans in a sealed 
      plastic bottle) 
  -   Music/video player with sing-along CDs 
      and musical pull toys
  -   Dance props (e.g. scarves, ribbons)​

Equipment and materials for Art

  -   Materials of different textures and colours 
      to create artworks (e.g. washable 
      markers, crepe paper) 
  -   Paint and equipment (e.g. different sized 
      brushes, sponges, poster 
      colours, crayons)
  -   Easel boards ​

 Social & Emotional Experiences

​Opportunities for dramatic play help children to understand themselves in relation to the world around them.  

When children engage in dramatic or imaginative play they learn to negotiate different situations and roles, express their feelings and ideas, develop friendships, think creatively, learn to cooperate and solve problems, develop gross and fine motor skills enhance their oral communication and grow in confidence.  ​

Equipment and materials

  -   Props and accessories for a variety of 
      settings (e.g. theatre, supermarket, home) 
  -   Dolls of different races and cultures 
       including finger puppets
  -   Mirrors alongside activity areas 
  -   Flannel board stories
  -   Dress up items including appropriate 
      clothing and accessories (e.g. handbags,  
      shoes, hats, scarves)

Cognitive and Language Experiences

​Cognitive skills such as numeracy and problem solving, communication, language and literacy are all part of young children’s intellectual development.  

In addition, to interactions with adults, young children’s interactions with a purposeful environment and having specifically selected materials made available and accessible will allow children to build on and strengthen their cognitive and language foundations.  


 Equipment and materials

  -   Books that cover a wide genre and interest 
      (including audio books, big books, touch 
      and feel books and board books) 
  -   Textured mats and toys (especially for 
       infants who are non-mobile)
  -   Plants / live animals 
  -   Shape sorting and matching toys
  -   Games and charts on science/ nature/
       mathematical concepts 
  -   Puzzles (including those with knobs for 
      very young children)
  -   Measurement equipment (e.g. weighing 
      scale, height measurement chart) 

Application Process 

3.     Applications for the Teaching and Learning Resources Grant is currently open​. Please send the completed Support Schemes application form  to ​sector_funding@ecda.g​ov.sg​. Please note that you only need to submit one application form even if you are applying for more than one support schemes as there is an option in the form for you to select the support scheme(s) that you are applying for.

Disbursement Process

4. There will be 2 submission windows each year for the reimbursement of Teaching and Learning Resources expenditure in February and August. Eligible centres are to submit their reimbursement form​ for teaching and learning resources expenditure incurred in the preceding six months during the submission window. Disbursement of funding will be done within 30 days after the receipt of complete submission of claims.​​​

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