PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 
FOR LEADERS / PDP (L)


PDP(L) is a 3-year 180-hour structured professional development (PD) programme for Leaders. It supports early childhood (EC) Leaders career progression and provides opportunities to broaden perspectives, deepen knowledge and hone competencies in areas of professional interest.

The success of PDP(L) lies in a strong tripartite partnership between operators, EC Leaders and ECDA as we support our Leaders professional development journey.

Key Features
Choose how you want to learn​!​



Receive annual cash awards after completion of programme and service milestones


Eligibility Criteria

• Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident;

• Currently employed in a pre-school registered or licensed with ECDA;

• ECDA-certified L2;

• Centre Leader with at least 3 years of relevant EC leadership experience as a Principal* (based on date of Principal appointment to date of PDP appointment in May), OR Lead Teacher with at least 5 years of relevant EC teaching experience;

• Meet the relevant competencies and skills required (Centre Leader/ Lead Teacher) as described Skills framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

*Centre Leaders who are not officially appointed as Principals, will need to have at least 5 years of relevant EC teaching experience.

Programme Structure

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About the Compulsory Modules

Compulsory Modules are specially curated modules for you to deepen knowledge and skills through better understanding of key trends, recent EC research, leadership styles and reflective practices.

The four compulsory modules are:

1. Building Effective Relationships with Stakeholders in Preschool Settings 
2. Designing Integrated Play Experiences and Curricula in ECCE 
3. The Power of Feedback 360 
4. Trends and Issues in ECCE​


About the ECDA-funded Overseas Study Trip

From the overseas study trip, you can learn best practices as a group, reflect on your own practices and adapt learning to to local context (After the trip, submit your learning takeaways using the Personal Reflection and Group Report template  to ECDA)​.


About the Projects

You will have the opportunity to mentor other centres under the Mentor Centre Initiative or lead in projects such as Innovation Grant, Practitioner Inquiry and other centre-initiated projects. You will also get to learn from ECDA Fellows by participating in ECDA’s Inquiry-Based Action Plan (IBAP) projects.

If you have been awarded with less than 30 hours for a project, you will have to complete another project (of any type listed below) in order to meet the programme milestone of 30 hours.​

For more details on the projects:

• Innovation Grant Project
• Practitioner Inquiry Project
• ECDA Fellows’ IBAP Project (Please submit deliverable via ONE@ECDA – refer to Guide under Additional References
• Centre-initiated Project (For proposal/deliverable in EL language, please submit via ONE@ECDA – refer to Guide under Additional References. For proposal/deliverable in MTL language, please submit using the Form 
• Innovation Mentor Initiative (No application required, by selection basis)

About the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities

i. Recommended Electives

Enrich yourself through specially selected ECDA CPD courses. The list of recommended electives are:

• Leadership Series
• The Pillars of Leadership (14h)
• The Art to Lesson Observations (15h)
• A Journey towards Curriculum Leadership (14h)
• Builing a Supportive Learning Culture (28h)
• Growing Leaders, growing teachers (14h)
• Developing Leaders' Planning Capacity (14h)
• Nurturing Reflective Practitioners (18h)
• Lesson Study (14h)
• SPARK - Practice & Theory (14h)
• Winning the Hearts and Minds of Teachers and Parentes (14h)

• Importance of the Early Years: 3Rs for Positivie Outcome (14h)
• Practitioner Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (PIECE) Workshop (14h)
• ECDA Fellows' IBAP (Inquiry-Based Action Plan) (>14h)
• Special Needs

ii. Local Learning Journeys, Work Attachments and Conferences

Self-initiate and embark on learning journeys and work attachments based on your learning interests, and attend conferences to gain sector level perspectives.

iii. Leadership Symposium, Community of EC Leaders events and Learning Communities

Network, problem-solve and exchange good practices with fellow leaders in the EC fraternity through leadership platforms.​​

iv. ECDA and in-house CPD courses​​

Hone skills in your areas of interest through courses aligned to the 4 skills categories within the Skills Framework for ECCE. This includes ECDA and in-house CPD ​courses conducted by centres/HQ. ​

Nomination

PDP(L) participants are nominated by their operators/supervisors online through ONE@ECDA​. All operators/supervisors interested in nominating their leaders for PDP(L) 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(L) 2021 will open in Sep/Oct 2020.
For enquiries, please contact us at 
ecda_pp@ecda.gov.sg.


PDP(L) in the Spotlight

News articles on PDP

•  http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/new-scheme-to-groom-pre-school-leaders
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cash-incentives-overseas-study-trips-for-senior-childcare-9285560
• http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/new-professional-development-programme-preschool-principals-and-senior-teachers


Frequently Asked Questions


1. Does PDP(L) provide a certification?

The PDP(L) does not provide any formal certification at the end of the programme.  It is a programme designed to deepen your skills and competencies as a leader by providing a variety of professional development opportunities.

2. Can Mother To​ngue Language Lead Teachers apply for the PDP(L)?

Mother Tongue Language Lead Teachers who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for PDP(L). Currently, the compulsory modules are conducted in English Language and Lead Teachers will need to be proficient in spoken and written English to complete the compulsory modules.

3. 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.

4. How will the PDP(L) course schedules look like?

a. Compulsory Modules are CPD courses conducted during working hours in Year 1.

b. Projects are carried out by participants at their centres, according to their own project implementation timeline. ​

c. ECDA-funded Overseas Study Trips are organised at different times of the year; prior notice will be given to participants for them to plan their trip in Year 2 or 3.

d. CPD Activities are ECDA or in-house courses which can be done anytime within the 3 years, to fulfil the remaining CPD hours required. More information on the ECDA CPD courses can be found in the ECDA CPD Prospectus.


5.  What are the subsidies/funding available for the PD a​ctivities?

For Compulsory Modules, subsidies by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) are available. SSG subsidies for each individual will be subjected to several criteria (e.g. sponsorship, organisation type, schemes applicable etc).

For the ECDA-funded overseas study trip, each participant will only be eligible for a one-time funding.

For the Innovation Grant and Practitioner Inquiry projects, participating centres will receive funding from ECDA to support the project implementation. Mentor centres under the Innovation Mentor Initiative will also receive funding to carry out their roles.

For ECDA CPD courses (including recommended electives), subsidies by ECDA are available.


6. 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.


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

The annual cash awards 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.


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

To remain on the PDP, participants need to complete all the PDP(L) 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 May 2020​​​​
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