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ECDA Fellows

Roles and Responsibilities

ECDA Fellows will take on sector-level roles primarily in three (3) key areas:

a. Professional Development
e.g. Leading/facilitating master classes/workshops at the sector level, developing resources, mentoring/coaching centre leaders and senior teachers from other centres;

b. Curriculum Leadership
e.g. Guiding centres in the design, implementation and review of centres’ curricula or teaching and learning approaches; and​

c. Sector Partnerships
e.g. Partnering ECDA in spear-heading improvements for the sector


Appointment Terms, Service Recognition and Professional Development

• A 3-year term (subject to confirmation upon 1st year of service).

• An average of 100 hours of service per year over 3 years.​

• Annual Service Recognition Allowance (SRA) of $9,000 upon satisfactory fulfilment of responsibilities, including the completion of stipulated hours of service.

• Annual Admin Fund of $300 to cover transport and other costs for ECDA Fellows’ projects.

• Professional development opportunities (e.g. milestone leadership development course, overseas study trip, professional development grant, etc.).


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, an applicant should:

a. Meet the relevant competencies and skills required for Senior Centre Leader / Senior Lead Teacher in the Skills Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).​

b. Have a minimum of 10 years’ teaching and/or leadership experience in the early childhood sector.

c. Be employed in and/or overseeing a pre-school(s) registered/licensed with ECDA at the point of application and appointment.

d. Possess relevant ECCE qualifications; and

e. Preferably have experience in the SPARK certification process.


Application Period

Applications for the ECDA Fellows programme will open from 6 Jul to 18 Sep 2020.
If you have any queries, please email us at ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg​.

How To A​pply

All interested applicants must submit all of the following completed documents in softcopy in the required format to ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg. Total file size should not exceed 20mb.

• ​Official Application Form 
• Appendix A: 

Letter of Commitment from the Applicant’s Employer 


• Appendix B: Professional Portfolio 
• Appendix C:Reference Letters  

 

Selection Process

​All complete applications submitted will be assessed and reviewed through a rigorous selection process by ECDA. The selection process may include one or more interviews with an evaluation panel, and on-site observations. ECDA’s decision on the acceptance/rejection of application is final and further appeals will not be entertained.
 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Application and Selection

1. Can I ask for an extension and submit my application after the closing date?

ECDA will not assess any applications that are received after the closing date. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare and submit the necessary documents to ECDA, ahead of the closing date.


2. What happens after I have submitted my application?

An acknowledgement email will be sent within three (3) working days to confirm receipt of your application. Please contact us at ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg​ if you do not hear from us by then.

ECDA will assess your application and contact you in Oct/Nov 2021 if you are shortlisted for the interview session that will take place in Jan 2021.


3. What do I need to prepare for the interview session?

The interview session will take about 45 to 60 minutes. You are required to do a 20-min presentation in the following areas, followed by a Q&A session with the interview panel:
•   Self-introduction
•   Professional portfolio based on competencies/skills standards as specified in the Skills Framework for ECCE
•   Teaching and Leadership Philosophy

You will be asked to email the finalised presentation slides in MS PowerPoint format to ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg in mid-Dec 2020.


4. Can I appeal against my application outcome?

ECDA’s decision on the acceptance/rejection of application is final and further appeals will not be entertained.


5. Can I apply for the next appointment cycle of ECDA Fellows Programme if my application is unsuccessful this time round?

Yes, you may apply for the next appointment cycle of ECDA Fellows Programme regardless of this round’s application outcome.


Appointment and Responsibilities

6. What is expected of me as an ECDA Fellow?

The ECDA Fellow shall commit an average 100 hours of service per year to the programme during his/her period of appointment, serving in sector-level roles and carrying out sector-level responsibilities as approved by ECDA.

The sector-level roles and responsibilities would be in 3 key areas:
a. Professional Development e.g. Leading/facilitating master classes/workshops at the sector level, developing resources, mentoring/coaching centre leaders and senior teachers from other centres;
b. Curriculum Leadership e.g. Guiding centres in the design, implementation and review of centres’ curricula or teaching and learning approaches;
c. Sector Partnerships e.g. Partnering ECDA in spear-heading improvements for the sector.


7. How will the allocation of sector-level roles be done?

ECDA will work with you on the sector-level roles you will play during the appointment term. As far as possible, ECDA will match these roles to your interests and expertise.


8. What can be counted towards my 100 hours of service?

ECDA will work closely with the ECDA Fellows to complete an average of 100 hours of service per year, which adds up to a total of 300 hours of service over 3 years. The 100 hours take into consideration the time needed for preparation and service required in each role approved or recommended by ECDA. There will also be two check-points a year to keep track of your service hours.


9. What happens if I fail to complete 300 hours of service at the end of my appointment?

Should you fail to complete the stipulated service hours at the end of your appointment, ECDA will prorate the Service Recognition Allowance (SRA) in your final year of appointment.


10. Can I continue to be on the ECDA Fellows Programme after my three-year appointment term?

Re-appointment will be extended to the ECDA Fellows who have contributed significantly in their first term of appointment. ECDA will get in touch with you closer to the end of your three-year term to confirm your interest for reappointment for another term. Please note that the decision for reappointment shall be determined by ECDA in its sole discretion.


Information updated as at April 2020

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