Enhancing Efforts To Raise Quality And Increase 
Attraction Of Early Childhood Professionals​

Nov 20, 2013


1.          Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Chan Chun Sing, announced a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Masterplan for the early childhood sector at ECDA’s inaugural Early Childhood Conference today. The CPD Masterplan is a key component of ECDA’s manpower strategies to attract, develop and retain early childhood (EC) professionals, and raise the quality of EC programmes.


2.          Building on the CPD Framework released last year, the CPD Masterplan aims to provide professional development opportunities for centre leaders, teachers and educarers to progress as they upgrade their skills and knowledge, attain key competencies and gain experience in the sector.


3.          The CPD Masterplan comprises three components:

          a)     Structured professional development roadmap that outlines key competencies and
                   responsibilities of various roles that EC professionals could take up as they gain
                   experience in the sector. The roadmap will have Teaching and Leadership pathways to
                   cater to the different aspirations of EC professionals. At the pinnacle levels of each 
                   pathway, ECDA will select and groom Mentor Principals and Master Teachers to take on
                   responsibilities that benefit the whole sector. An illustration of the roadmap is included
                   in Annex A.

          b)     Core and Milestone CPD courses to be developed in consultation with the sector.
                   Core courses cover essential knowledge and skills, and will be open to all EC
                   professionals. Milestone courses will prepare educators for roles with higher
                   responsibilities in the ambit of the professional development roadmap. ECDA will set out
                   guidelines on the recommended amount of CPD training for each teacher per year, and
                   develop an online portal for teachers to plan and track their individual CPD roadmaps. Key
                   focus areas for Core CPD courses are included in Annex A

          c)     Incentives and recognition for teachers who have fulfilled the recommended CPD
                   hours and courses, and gained a minimum number of years of experience in the sector.
                   This could include bonuses which are tied to both CPD attainment and expanded job roles 
                   along the professional development pathways. ECDA will consult the sector in the design
                   of this framework, and will work closely with centre operators on its implementation.


4.          ECDA will also explore various support measures to enable early childhood professionals to balance their responsibilities in the centres and their CPD training. For example, establishing a pool of trained relief teachers, and allowing flexible staffing requirements for centres during days that are designated for CPD.


5.          In addition to the CPD Masterplan, ECDA will develop an Induction Framework and provide induction and mentoring resources to support new teachers in their professional growth and learning. More details on the manpower efforts shared today will be released over the course of next year – please refer to Annex B​ for an overview. 


For media enquiries, please contact Ms Wendy Lian at wendy_lian@msf.gov.sg  or DID 6354 9844.


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20 November 2013 




 Professional Development Roadmap



​​(A) Leadership ​Pathway


Key Roles and Responsibilities


Mentor Principal/Supervisor

Organisational Leadership

-     Create centre vision to move
      staff towards a common goal

-     Manage internal resources

-     Provide guidance to centre
      leaders in strategic planning
      and administration


Curriculum Leadership


-     Provide leadership in the
      design and delivery of the 

-     Build collaborative
      partnerships with the families 
      and community


-     Mentor principals / supervisors
      in curriculum leadership

-     Establish platforms for
      collaborations and
      partnerships amongst centres
      and wider education


Staff Development


-     Induct, mentor and guide staff
      in T&L and other areas

-     Develop staff to their full
      potential and achieve centre 


-     Lead induction of newly
      appointed principals /

-     Mentor principals / supervisors
      in staff management and
      professional development 


​​(B) Teaching Pathway


Key Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Teacher

Master Teacher

Quality Learning of Children

-     Conduct centre-based
      workshops and sharing on
      curriculum, pedagogies and
      assessment to support T&L

-     Assist in developing a culture
      of care and trust that enhances
      the well-being of children

-     Engage teachers in research
      and reflective practice

-     Support centre leaders in the
      implementation of centre-wide


-     Conduct master classes on
      curriculum, pedagogies and
      assessment to support T&L

-     Lead in developing a culture of
      care and trust that enhances
      the well-being of children

-     Lead in research and share
      findings to encourage
      reflective practice for
      continuous improvement of T&L

-     Partner centre leaders to plan
      centre-wide initiatives to bring
      about centre effectiveness and

Professional Development of other Educators

-     Induct, mentor and coach
      beginning teachers, practicum
      trainees and teachers in T&L and
      other areas

-     Lead in establishing mentoring
      culture in centres

-     Identify and develop trained
      experienced teachers with
      potential to be Senior Teachers


Connection to Community


-     Lead in efforts to partner
      parents in helping children attain
      learning goals

-     Engage in conversations related
      to teaching and learning issues
      with centre teachers and leader


-     Promote partnerships with
      others to develop children

-     Initiate conversations related to
      teaching and learning issues
      with senior teachers, centre
      leaders and other members of
      the wider education community

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