The ECDA Training Award (University) is open to students undergoing the full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (with Minor) programme at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) [previously known as UniSIM].
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What the ECDA Training Award (University) 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 • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.• First, second, third or fourth year student in the full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education(with Minor) programme at SUSS.• 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 Training AwardSuccessful applicants will have to sign an agreement with ECDA. Recipients of the Training Award will be required to complete the course successfully according to the following requirements:
ECDA Training Award (University)
Duration to complete course
To complete the course within a maximum of consecutive 3 or 4 years (i.e. 36 or 48 months), depending on your programme track
Bond period (Upon completion of course)
Fulfil a year’s bond to the Early Childhood sector (ECDA-registered/licensed pre-school or MOE Kindergarten) for every year of support received, upon completion of course
Successfully complete and fulfil all academic conditions required by SUSS
How to Apply
Students who are interested in taking up the ECDA Training Award (University) may fill in the Online Application Form here:
You are encouraged to complete the form in one sitting as incomplete forms cannot be saved. If you encounter any issue with filling up this form, please email us at
1. All forms must be completed and submitted by the stipulated deadlines. Late applications will not be processed.
2. All successful applicants will be contacted by ECDA via email and are required to attend a compulsory briefing.
Year of Study in AY2021
Compulsory Briefing(for Successful Applicants only)
Year 2 and above
26 March 2021, 1700 hrs
To be advised later
21 May 2021, 1700 hrs
14 Jun 2021, 1400 hrs
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.sgStart Well! - Induction Booklet for New Early Childhood Educators
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 .
E-Resource Guide for Early Childhood Employers
The e-Resource Guide for Early Childhood Employers is specially curated for employers in the EC sector to support new educators in their transition from school to work and career growth. It also contains links to other resources you may find useful for the educators’ professional development. You may download a copy of the guide
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is the ECDA Training Award (University) about?
The ECDA Training Award (University) is for students undergoing the full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (with Minor) at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). 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 after I graduate?
ECDA requires our Training Award University recipients to start work immediately upon graduation. However, you may write in to us for our assessment of your appeal on a case-by-case basis.
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 Surety/Sureties must fulfil the following requirements:
• Singapore Citizen/Singapore PR
• 1st Surety: Singapore Citizen
• 2nd Surety: Singapore Citizen/Singapore PR
• Gainfully employed and drawing a gross income of at least $5,000 per month; or
• Provide proof of asset
• Gainfully employed and drawing a gross income of at least $2,500 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. Am I bonded to a specific pre-school after graduation?
No, ECDA Training Award recipients may choose to fulfil your bond at any ECDA-registered/licensed pre-school or MOE Kindergarten. While you may change employer/centre during your bond period, 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 the ECDA Training Award is terminated during my studies or if I break the bond?
You and your surety will be jointly liable to pay for Liquidated Damages to ECDA if the Training Award is terminated or if you break the bond. The Liquidated Damages are calculated based on the total amount of benefits disbursed by ECDA plus compound interest per annum. The Liquidated Damages will be reduced proportionately if you have served part of the bond.