About PDP(E)

The PDP(E) is a 3-year 180-hour structured professional development (PD) programme that prepares educarers to take on larger job roles by:


A strong partnership among operators, educarers and ECDA to support the professional development of the educarer is important for the success of PDP(E).

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Key Features

Choose from a variety of Professional Development activities and
complete them at your own comfortable pace and language


Take a step closer to attain one of the following
to work with children of wider age groups



Receive annual cash awards after completion 
of programme and service milestones




Eligibility Criteria

•    Singaporean or Permanent Resident EY1/EY2/L1 Educarer
•    Preferably 3 years of trained teaching experience in the early childhood sector
•    Currently employed in a pre-school registered or licensed with ECDA
•  Have met the competencies and skills of Infant/Toddler Educarer or Beginning Educarer as described in the Skills Framework for Early Childhood (SFw EC)​​


Overview of Programme Structure  


What will I learn at the Compulsory Module?  

This is a 2-full day course. At the course, you will:

•    Observe, understand and document the development, interests, needs and abilities of children from birth to 36 months.
•    Be equipped with skills to adapt and monitor the effectiveness of the intentional experiences to cater to the specific needs of the individual children.​
•    Effectively plan for purposeful experiences to support children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
•    Effectively collaborate with parents to support the young child’s development and learning.​


What is the Communities of Practice (CoP) about?

At CoP sessions, you meet up with other Educarers from other centres to share experiences and knowledge and learn from each other. You can also discuss issues you face ​at work, explore solutions and help one another other refine ideas. You can even join your peers based on a language you are more comfortable with.​  


What is the Showcase of Learning about?

At the Showcase of Learning, you present what you have learnt and the good practices that you have uncovered to other educarers and EC educators. It is also a chance to hear what others have learnt.


What are Electives?

There are 3 types of electives to choose from, based on your own interests and needs. You can even take up as many electives as you want! Click on each type of elective to find out more.


Examples of how to complete PDP(E)

One of the features of PDP(E) is that it is flexible. The examples below show how you can complete the programme milestones over the 3 years.​

Nomination Process

PDP(E) participants are nominated by their operators/supervisors online via ONE@ECDA. All operators/supervisors interested in nominating their educarers for PDP(E) may download and reference the following guide in doing so.

•    Guide for Centre Administrator
•    Guide for HQ Administrator

Please note that for organisations with HQ structure, HQ will have to review all nominations submitted by their centres.

Nominations for PDP(E) 2021 are now open until 16 Mar 2022!​

For enquiries, please contact us at ecda_pp@ecda.gov.sg. 

PDP(E) in the Spotlight

News articles on PDP
•    http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/more-job-coaching-infant-care-trainees​ ​
•    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/first-batch-of-pre-school-staff-begins-training-to-boost-skills​

requently Asked Questions 

1. Does PDP(E) provide a certification?

The PDP(E) does not provide a certification at the end of the programme. It is designed to support skills deepening. 

However, if you complete the ACEY top-up modules, you will receive a statement of attainment (SOA), and be certified to teach children aged 2 months to 3 years old. 

If you complete the pre-requisite modules for ACEY, ACECCE, you will attain a statement of attainment (SOA), and be exempted from the module when you subsequently enrol in the full qualification.

2. How is the “3 years of trained experience” calculated?

This is calculated based on the educarer’s date of attainment of the HCIC/ACEY/Higher-Nitec/ACECCE, to the date of appointment onto the PDP(E). If the educarer has more than one of the above certifications, ECDA will calculate the years of trained experience based on the certification that was first attained.

3. Can Mother Tongue Language educarers be nominated for the PDP(E)? 

Mother Tongue Language educarers who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for PDP(E).The compulsory module is offered in both English and Chinese Language. Educarers who are more comfortable with their Mother Tongue Languages may form their own Community of Practice and conduct their discussions in their Mother Tongue Languages.

4. Are there limitations to the number of leaders a centre or organisation can nominate?

There is no limit to the number of nominations a centre or organisation can submit. Centres and organisations are encouraged to nominate as many leaders as they deem suitable for the programme, after taking into consideration manpower requirements.

5. Will participants be allowed to complete PDP within 2 years?

No, participants will not be allowed to complete PDP within 2 years. It is important that participants complete the PDP over 3 years so that they have time and space to apply their learning. Participants are required to complete some Professional Development in every year of PDP.

6. How will the PDP(E) course schedules look like?

Apart from the compulsory module that is held over 3 days, the remaining CPD hours can be clocked in by completing ECDA organised or in-house courses, while projects can be done either during or after working hours. More information on the ECDA CPD coursescan be found in the ECDA CPD Prospectus.

7. Is the compulsory module subsidised?

The compulsory module is subsidised. The remaining course fees after subsidies will depend on the type of course the participant chooses to take up and the available subsidy schemes.

​8. How will participants be eligible for the annual cash award?

The annual cash award will be disbursed to participants if they successfully complete the stipulated programme milestones of the year, and if they remain employed with their nominating organisation for 6 months after the end of each PDP year.

9. On what grounds will participants be withdrawn/terminated from the programme?

To remain on the PDP, participants need to complete all the PDP(E) programme milestones and ensure that they complete 180 CPD hours, inclusive of the programme milestone hours. In addition, participants have to remain with their nominating organisation throughout the programme and for at least six months after the end of each PDP year to qualify for the annual cash awards. Any requests for deferment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and subjected to ECDA’s approval.

Information updated as at January 2022​​​​​​​​

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