ECDA Training Award​ (Polytechnic) 


The ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic) is open to students undergoing the full-time Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) diploma courses at either Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) or Temasek Polytechnic (TP).​ Please see detailed list below:​ 

Institution

Diploma in

Year of Study

NP

Child Psychology and Early Education (CPEE)

1, 2, 3

Early Childhood Education (ECH)

1, 2, 3

Tamil Studies with Early Education (TSE)

1, 2, 3

Chinese Studies (Chinese Early Childhood Teaching Track) (CHS)

2, 3 only

TP

Early Childhood Studies (ECS)

1, 2, 3


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Click to watch the story of one of our ECDA Training Award recipients, as she shares her joy and challenges, as well as inspirations and aspirations in her early childhood journey.​​

What the ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic) offers​​

Key support from the ECDA Training Award ​includes the following:

   •     Full course sponsorship of fees, capped at fees payable by Singapore Citizens  
   •     ​Learning Resource Grant of $1,050 for study-related expenses      
   •   Monthly study allowance of $800
   •   Professional Development Grant, capped at $1,000 per academic year ​
   •   Other professional development and networking opportunities provided by ECDA 


Eligibility ​
Criteria 

 Candidates for this award should meet the following requirements:
   •     Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.
   •     First, second or third year student in a full-time ECCE diploma course at either Ngee Ann
         Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic.
   •     Not concurrently hold or be serving out their bond for any scholarship, bursary or funding. 
   •     ​Keen to start their career in the early childhood sector immediately after graduation.​ 

Conditions of ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)​ 

Successful applicants will have to sign an agreement with ECDA. Traning Award recipients will be required to complete the course successfully according to the following requirements:​

ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

Duration to comple​te course

To complete the course within a maximum of 36 months

Bond period

(Upon completion of course)

Fulfil a year’s bond to the Early Childhood sector (ECDA-registered/licensed kindergartens an​​d child care centres) for every year of suppor​t received, upon completion of course.

Other conditions

Successfully complete and fulfil all academic conditions required by the Polytechnics

 
How to Apply​

Application opens at the beginning of each academic year.​ 

All students in their first year of studies need not apply for the Training Award as their lecturers will facilitate the application together with their course admission. Year 2 and 3 students may apply through their lecturers.

If you have any enquiries, please e-mail us at ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg.

Funding Professional Development (PD) for Training Award Recipients​

The Professional Development (PD) Grant of up to S$1,000 per academic year is given to every ECDA Training Award Recipient to attend Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and other professional learning courses conducted locally and supported by ECDA. 

The PD Grant is provided on a reimbursement basis and you are required to submit a claim upon completion of the courses. Please download the PD Grant prospectus  for more details.

If you have any enquiries, please e-mail us at ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg.​  

Start Well! - Induction Booklet for New Early Childhood Educators​​ECDA ITE Training Award

The Induction Booklet for New Early Childhood Educators is developed to help ECDA Training Award recipients assimilate into the EC workforce. It provides an overview of the EC sector and relevant resources to help graduants as they begin their career as an EC professional. Please download a copy of the booklet here​ ECDA ITE Training Award.  ​ 


​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)​

1.  What is the Training Award (Polytechnic) about?​

The ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic) is for students undergoing the full-time Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma courses at either Ngee Ann Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic.

The award aims to support students who are passionate about working with children and who wish to have a career in the early childhood sector.​

2. What kind of professional development programmes will be supported under the Training Award?

Recipients will be eligible for funding support of up to $1,000 per academic year for Early Childhood Care and Education and other professional learning courses supported by ECDA (e.g. specialised courses in art, speech and drama and special needs). This funding support aims to better support recipients to deepen their knowledge and interest in these areas and apply the relevant expertise in the course of their work with children in future. 

The PD Grant is provided on a reimbursement basis and recipients are required to submit a claim upon completion of the courses. Please download the PD Grant prospectus  for more details.


3. Can I defer my bond to pursue degree studies after I graduate?

We strongly encourage our recipients to apply what they have learnt from their polytechnic studies and gain working experience first, before pursuing further degree studies. However, for first-time recipients of the ECDA Training Award, you may write in to ECDA to apply for deferment should you be successful in enrolling in the full-time EC degree at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. ​​

4. Do I need to sign a contract? What do I need to know about the contract?

Yes, Training Award recipients are required to sign an Agreement with ECDA to ensure that they are committed to fulfil the obligations of the Training Award. We will hold a briefing to share with you on the contents of the Agreement (i.e. the benefits you will receive and the obligations to be fulfilled) and how to sign it.​  

5. Do I need a surety/guarantor to sign the contract?​ 

Yes. You will need to nominate either one or two sureties, with at least one parent as a surety. The The Surety/Sureties must fulfil the following requirements:​ 

​One Surety Two Sureties

•  Singapore Citizen/Singapore PR

•  1st Surety: Singapore Citizen

•  2nd Surety: Singapore Citizen/Singapore PR

•  Gainfully employed and drawing a gross income of at least $3,000 per month; or

•  Provide proof of asset

•  Gainfully employed and drawing a gross income of at least $1,500 per month each

•  Above 21 years old, but under 65 years of age

•  Not party to an existing award, bursary, or study loan agreement.

•  Not acting as a Surety or Guarantor in any capacity for any other person in an existing Award, bursary, or study loan agreement.

•  Not an undischarged bankrupt



6. Can I change employer/centre half way through the bond?​

Yes, ECDA Training Award recipients may change employer/centre during your bond period. However, you are strongly encouraged to remain in the same centre/ organisation in order to gain sufficient experience before moving to the next centre/organisation.​​


7. What happens if I break the bond? How is the Liquidated Damages calculated?

You will be liable for Liquidated Damages if you break the bond. ​The amount of liquidated damages payable by the Recipient is calculated as:

 [Amount of Funding Disbursed by ECDA + (compound interest)] X 
(No. of uncompleted months / Bond Period) 

For more details, please refer to the ECDA Training Award Agreement. 

 

 Information updated as at 03 May 2018

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