NEW MANPOWER PLAN UNVEILED TO CREATE MORE REWARDING CAREERS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
1. A new Early Childhood Manpower Plan was announced today by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, at the Early Childhood Conference 2016. An annual event organised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), the conference was attended by over 1,200 educators this year.
ONE-IN-THREE PRE-SCHOOLS NOW CERTIFIED UNDER SINGAPORE PRE-SCHOOL ACCREDITATION FRAMEWORK (SPARK)
249 PRE-SCHOOLS AWARDED SPARK CERTIFICATION IN 2016One-in-three pre-schools island-wide are now certified by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) under the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (SPARK), up from one-in-four last year. 249 pre-schools received their SPARK certificates today at the ECDA Early Childhood Conference 20161. This brings the total number of SPARK-certified pre-schools to 601, up from 431 last year. List of SPARK-certified centres can be found here.
FIRST BATCH OF 138 PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS TO COMMENCE 3-YEAR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Under the Early Childhood Development Agency’s Professional Development Programme (PDP), pre-school teachers with the potential to take on larger job roles can receive milestone1 cash awards of up to $12,000. First announced by Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in September 2015, the PDP supports the career aspirations of pre-school educators with professional development opportunities and a structured career progression pathway. ECDA has set aside $1.7 million for the cash awards for this batch of PDP par...
SITUATION UPDATE AND ADVISORY TO CENTRES ON ZIKA VIRUS
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) has confirmed on 28 August 2016 that there are 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika Virus infection in Singapore.
HAZE ADVISORY: EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE AND CARNIVAL 2015 TO PROCEED AS PLANNED
The ECDA’s Early Childhood Conference and Carnival 2015 at Suntec Singapore on 25 and 26 September will proceed as planned. The conference will be held indoors within air-conditioned spaces. Additional measures are also in place to ensure that external air does not enter the air-conditioning system and to have a medical team on standby.
Child care centres and kindergartens should refer to ECDA’s latest advisory, and check NEA’s website for further updates to ensure the safety and well-being of children during the haze conditions.