ECDA Innovation Guidance Project 2016

ECDA is proud to announce that applications for IGP 2016 are now open!

Application Period: 12 Nov 2015 – 29 Jan 2016​​ (Deadline has been extended.)

Aim

Through these projects, participating pre-schools will explore less conventional ideas/ approaches to develop or re-design new or existing programmes and improve teaching and learning practices by partnering community and government agencies.


Key imperatives of Innovation Guidance Project

  To enhance learning experiences for children 
  To promote community engagement and home-centre partnerships 
 • To provide opportunities for children to contribute to society
 • To be sustained beyond first year of implementation​ 


Eligibility Criteria

Pre-schools who

 a)    have not applied for nor received the innovation grant.

 b)    ​have participated in not more than one Innovation Guidance Project from 2013 – 2015.

 c)    are able to commit two ECDA-certified pre-school teachers to the IGP for the full duration 
        (approximately 6 – 9 months duration) of the IGP. This includes the training programme 
        (2-day training, 2 half-days of project sharing sessions).

 d)    are able to achieve the key outcomes of the project:

           Enhanced quality of programmes within the centre through the development of new or re-
            design of existing centre-wide programmes

          • Improved teaching and learning practices using less conventional approaches

          • Pre-schoolers become self-directed learners who are confident, curious about the world 
             around them, and able to cooperate with their peers

 e)    are able to co-pay 5% of the total approved expenditure.

 f)     are able to fully support their participating teachers throughout the implementation of the 
        IGP.​ 

List of Innovation Guidance Projects for 2016 

Pre-schools that have not applied for nor received the innovation grant may take this opportunity to participate in any one of the following Innovation Guidance Projects: 

S/N

Partner Agency

Pr​oject Title

NEL Learning Domain(s) and Project Aims

Details

a.

National Heritage Board (NHB)

Singapore’s Little Treasures @ Heritage Institutions: Appreciating our Mother Tongue Languages (SLT@Heritage Institutions)

 

 

 

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Discovery of the World & Language and Literacy

Project Aims:

·    To equip pre-school teachers
with an appreciation of the MTL and novel strategies to teach a Mother Tongue   Language – this is in collaboration with three Heritage Institutions: the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH), the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) and the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC)

·     To develop pre-schoolers in three key learning areas:

a)     communication in the respective mother tongue languages;

b)    appreciation of Singapore’s multicultural heritage with a focus on one’s culture; and

c)    connecting and bonding with family, friends and community

·     To enrich pre-school learning corners and environments with relevant and available mother tongue and bilingual materials and resources

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: K1, K2

This project is only open to Mother- Tongue Language teachers 

Max number of participating pre-schools:

20 (Chinese Language)

15 (Malay Language)

 15 (Tamil Language)

Training: February/March 

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

 

 

 

 

b.

National Heritage Board (NHB)

SLT@ The Peranakan Museum

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Discovery of the World & Social and Emotional Development

Project Aims:

·    To offer pre-schoolers an opportunity to explore Peranakan culture and to relate it to their own lives.

·     To equip pre-school teachers with tools to create authentic heritage lessons and learning centres in which they can co-construct knowledge with their pre-schoolers in school.

·    To experiment with innovative learning experiences within a museum setting where pre-schoolers can learn through play.

·   ​ To nurture inquisitive learners who are able to engage in museum-based activities through close observation and cooperative learning.

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: K1, K2

Max number of participating pre-schools: 10

Training: July

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

 

c.

National Parks Board (NParks)

Our City in a Garden

 

 

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Discovery of the World & Language and Literacy
 

Project Aims:

·    To raise awareness of our City in a Garden amongst pre-schoolers

·     To equip pre-school teachers with the knowledge of and resources on local examples to be used in teaching pre-schoolers about plants and animals

·         To set up resource-rich learning corners/ environments to allow for exploration of local flora and fauna and engagement of learning in meaningful ways

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: K1, K2 

Max number of participating pre-schools: 30  

Training: February/March 

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months 

Note: As part of the final project deliverables, pre-schools will co-develop a learning resource to be shared with the Early Childhood Sector.

d.

Public Utilities Board (PUB)

Every Drop Counts

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Discovery of the World

Project Aims:

·        To enable pre-schoolers to understand the importance of water conservation and water cycle

·        To encourage pre-schoolers to become an ambassador of water conservation and spread this message to their family and friends

·        To empower pre-school teachers with the knowledge on water education and effectively engage the pre-schoolers through meaningful activities for pre-schoolers and their families to learn how to conserve, value and enjoy our waters

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: K1, K2

Max number of participating pre-schools: 15

Training: February/March

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

Note: As part of the final project deliverables, pre-schools will co-develop a learning resource to be shared with the Early Childhood Sector.

e.

Science Centre Board

STEMnovation: Kitchen Science

 

 

NEL Learning Domain: Discovery of the World

Project Aims:

·      To capture and develop pre-schoolers’ imagination, curiosity and creativity through scientific inquiry

·       To enable pre-schoolers to understand that science is all around us, through safe and purposeful exploration and experimentation of materials found in the kitchen

·       To equip pre-school teachers with knowledge and skills to design child-initiated scientific inquiry lessons related to the topic of kitchen science

·        To set up authentic science discovery corners/   environments related to kitchen science that would arouse the curiosity of the pre-schoolers, and encourage them to engage in critical thinking, as well as the discovery of the world

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: N2, K1, K2

Max number of participating pre-schools: 40

Training: February/March

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

Note: As part of the final project deliverables, pre-schools will co-develop a learning resource to be shared with the Early Childhood Sector.

f.

Science Centre Board

Creative Curious Tinkers

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Discovery of the World

   

Project Aims:

·       To capture and develop pre-schoolers’ imagination, curiosity and creativity through the “Think, Make, Play, Improve” approach

·       To enable pre-schoolers to explore tinkering activities that incorporates the NEL learning domains, such as discovery of the world, and aesthetics and creative expressions

·       To set up tinkering space that would arouse the curiosity of the pre-schoolers, and allow them to engage in activities that encourage creative thinking, teamwork and collaboration

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: K1, K2

Max number of participating pre-schools: 30

Training: February/March

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

 

g.

Science Centre Board

Magnetism

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Discovery of the World

 

Project Aims:

·       To capture and develop pre-schoolers’ imagination, curiosity and creativity through scientific inquiry

·        To provide opportunities for pre-schoolers to explore, through open-ended experiments, what magnets are and some common use of magnets in everyday life

·        To allow pre-schoolers to observe scientific phenomenon related to magnets such as attraction and repulsion, and many more wonders of magnet 

·        To set up authentic science discovery corners/ environments related to magnets that would arouse the curiosity of the pre-schoolers, and encourage them to engage in critical thinking, as well as the discovery of the world

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: K1, K2

Max number of participating pre-schools: 30

Training: February/March

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

 

h.

Science Centre Board

The Earth We Share

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Discovery of the World, Numeracy
 

Project Aims:

·       To capture and develop pre-schoolers’ imagination, curiosity and creativity through scientific inquiry

·       To encourage pre-schoolers to explore Earth   Sciences focusing on topics related to land and water and incorporating the NEL learning domains: Discovery of the World and Numeracy

·       To equip pre-school teachers with the skills and knowledge to create authentic science discovery corners/ environments related to Earth Sciences that would arouse the curiosity of the pre-schoolers, and encourage them to engage in critical thinking and scientific inquiry

 

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: K1, K2

Max number of participating pre-schools: 30

Training: February/March

Project implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

 

i.

Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM)

Hello Neighbour!

Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Learning Domain: Social and Emotional Development 

 

Project Aims:

·       To enable pre-schoolers to understand the concept of neighbours - people staying beside/above/below you, the next class beside your classroom, the community where your pre-school resides

·       To enable pre-schoolers to understand that we can make simple efforts to live harmoniously with one another in a multi-racial and multi-religious society   

·        To enable pre-schoolers to learn to be good neighbours by demonstrating considerate and gracious behaviours

·        To equip pre-school teachers with the skills and knowledge to introduce (in)considerate and (un)gracious behaviours to pre-schoolers

Target participants: Pre-school and Senior Pre-school teachers

Target Pre-schoolers: N2, K1, K2

Max number of participating pre-schools: 30

Training: February/March

Project ​implementation: period of 6 – 9 months

Note: As part of the final project deliverables, pre-schools will co-develop a learning resource to be shared with the Early Childhood Sector.


Project Funding and Deliverables

The total amount disbursed at the end of the project will be 95% of the actual expenditure incurred for the project, and capped at the approved budget for the project.

Upon approval, ECDA will disburse 50% of the approved grant for the pre-school to begin the project. Upon receipt of the final project report and the expenditure details, the final instalment of the funding will be given.    

The approved grant can be used to implement the project only at the pre-school that is awarded the Grant.     

Upon completion of the project, recipients may be required to share their innovations, learning points and project evaluation with other pre-schools at sharing sessions organised by ECDA.

Grant recipients are not allowed to claim reimbursement from 2 different sources for the same item e.g. transportation which is paid by parents cannot be submitted for reimbursement. 

Terms and Conditions

1

For each project, pre-schools can claim based on the approved budget with a 95% co-funding by ECDA.  

2

Examples of items supported by the approved grant awarded for Innovation Guidance project:

    i.            Teacher Training 

    ii.            Learning journeys for pre-schoolers

    iii.            Teaching and Learning resources & materials, necessary for project
implementation and setting up the learning environment. (This does not include stationery nor printing materials.)

    iv.            Documentation Equipment (electronic or otherwise, if required) ​

3

All proposed budgets and revisions to approved budgets are subject to ECDA’s approval.


ECDA’s decisions on all matters are final.

 

Application Form

You may download the application form​​ here​. Please submit your application to innovation_grant@ecda.gov.sg

The extended deadline: 29 January 2016.

Only completed application forms will be considered. ECDA reserves the right to reject any incomplete submission. Late submissions will not be accepted.

 

Contact

For enquiries, please contact:

Ms Kerin Chua Sze Yi
Email:    Chua_Sze_Yi@ecda.gov.sg
Tel:         67367514

Ms Geraldine Khoo
Email:    Geraldine_Khoo@ecda.gov.sg​
Tel:         67367601​

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