Early childhood professionals play a key role in providing a good start for every child. The Professional Development Programme (PDP) for Preschool Educators is a 3-year programme to support the professional development of preschool educators with the potential to take on larger job roles in their organisations.
A strong tripartite partnership between operators, preschool educators and ECDA to support the professional development of the preschool educators is key to the success of PDP(T).
Some key features of the PDP(T) include:
• Variety of Professional Development opportunities to suit participant’s needs and interests
• Flexibility to complete courses at participant’s own pace within 3 years;
• Bond-free; and
• Annual cash awards after completion of programme and service milestones.
• Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident; • Currently employed in a pre-school registered or licensed with ECDA; • ECDA-certified L2; • Preferably 3 years of relevant teaching experience in the Early Childhood sector (based on date of DECCE-T attainment to date of PDP appointment in April); • Meet the relevant competencies and skills (Preschool Educator) as described in the
Skills Framework for Early Childhood (SFw EC)
Programme Structure About the Compulsory Module
The compulsory module “Developing the Leader in Me” seeks to equip participants with foundational understanding of both centre and teaching leadership. The 3-day course will also scaffold participant’s understanding of their own leadership values, dispositions and potential career progression.
About the Modular Courses
There is a range of skills-based modular courses offered by the NIEC and SUSS. These courses provide educators with more flexible, bite-sized and targeted options to acquire and deepen their skills, and customise their learning based on their interests and needs. If the PDP participant enrols for a full qualification programme subsequently, credits earned from some of these modular courses may be counted towards the attainment of an early childhood-related qualification, e.g. Specialist Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree.Participants attending the Modular Courses will be required to meet the respective course entry requirements as stipulated by the Institutes of Higher Learning.
Click here for the list of 2022 Modular Courses available.
About the Projects
Projects provide an opportunity for PDP (T) participants to apply their knowledge and skills within the centre and classroom. They include:
Innovation Guidance Projects3. Practitioner Inquiry Projects4. Centre-Initiated Projects (Click
herefor Factsheet and Guidelines)
About the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses
CPD courses aim to raise the quality and professional experience of EC educators. PDP (T) participants may embark on CPD courses to supplement the required hours of PDP (T). Apart from the CPD courses offered by ECDA, other CPD courses (ECDA or in-house) that contribute to the development and growth of PDP (T) participants in performing their professional role, can also be considered as CPD hours for PDP (T).
Participants may count non-ECDA CPD activity hours towards their PDP(T) by updating their CPD portfolio and seeking approval from their centre/HQ administrator.
For more information on CPD courses and the prospectus, please refer to
PDP (T) participants are nominated by their operators/supervisors through ONE@ECDA. All operators/supervisors interested in nominating their preschool educators for PDP (T) 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 for Preschool Educators 2023 are now open until 14 Oct 2022!
For enquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• ONE@ECDA Guide for PDP Centre-Initiated Project submission • Briefing slides for Professional Development Programme (Teachers) - English • Briefing slides for Professional Development Programme (Teachers) - Chinese • E-Briefing for Professional Development Programme (Teachers)•
PDP (Teachers) Brochure•
Individual Development Plan (IDP) [Optional for use]
PDP(T) in the Spotlight
News articles on PDP
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the PDP (T) a degree or diploma course?
The PDP is neither a degree nor a diploma course. If the PDP (T) participant enrols for a full qualification programme subsequently after completing a Modular Course, credits earned from some of these Modular Courses may be counted towards the attainment of an early childhood related qualification such as a Specialist Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree.
2. Does the PDP (T) provide a certification?
The PDP does not provide a certification at the end of the programme. It is a programme that aims to enhance your professional competence and capacity, via modular courses and projects, so that you can assume larger job roles in the pre-school sector.
3. Can Mother Tongue Language educators be nominated for the PDP (T)?
Mother Tongue Language educators who meet the eligibility criteria can be nominated for PDP (T). They may also complete the programme in their preferred language.4. Are there limitations to the number of educators a centre 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 educators as they deem suitable for the programme, after taking into consideration manpower requirements.
5. How will the PDP (T) course schedules look like?
Apart from the compulsory module that is held over 3 full days, the modular courses are conducted after working hours, while projects can be done either during or after working hours. More information on the ECDA CPD courses can be found in the ECDA CPD Prospectus.
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. Do educators who have already attained DECCE-L and/or a Degree have to complete the Compulsory Module?
Yes, all participants have to complete the Compulsory Module in their first year of the PDP regardless of
their academic level and/or achievements.
8. Are the Modular courses subsidised?
Modular courses are subsidised. The remaining course fees after subsidies will depend on the type of course the participant is taking and the available subsidy schemes.9. How will participants be eligible for the cash award yearly?
Course schedules are dependent upon the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) that provide the courses. ECDA is working with the IHLs to ensure that course schedules cause minimal disruption to the participants’ work within the centre. Courses may be provided together with E-learning components to reduce the number of hours participants have to spend outside of their centres.
10. On what grounds will pariticipants be withdrawn/terminated from the programme?
To remain on the PDP, participants need to fulfil 180 hours of professional development over three years and achieve the programme milestones. In addition, participants have to remain with their nominating operator 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 subject to ECDA’s approval.