New Training and Certification Pathway for Early Years Educarers

Sep 29, 2011

*Released as part of the Press Release: Early Years Child Care and Development Receives a Quality Boost

In conjunction with the launch of the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF), MCYS is introducing a new Training and Certification Pathway for educarers, i.e. professional staff who work with young children from two months to three years of age in child care centres.

The new pathway will introduce specialised professional training requirements for educarers, differentiating them from existing requirements for pre-school teachers at the kindergarten levels (aged four to six years old). The new professional standards are based on the desired outcomes and recommended practices for the care and development of children up to age three in the EYDF. They will support the roll-out of the EYDF to the child care sector.

New Training Pathway and Certification Levels

The new pathway uses the WDA Employability Skills (ES) certification as an alternative entry requirement to ‘O’ Level academic results. This will allow those who have a Secondary 4 education and the required ES credentials to undergo professional training and join the child care sector as Early Years Educarers. They will receive new levels of certification to work in Infant and Toddler settings in child care centres.

Under the new training pathway, existing and new child care professionals who meet the entry requirements will be able to enrol in three new courses that will be part of the WSQ (Workforce Skills Qualifications) Early Childhood Care & Education Framework, as follows. Funding support for employers who sponsor their staff to embark on these courses will be provided from the WDA Skills Development Fund.

  1. The existing Certificate in Infant & Toddler Care (CITC), which qualifies holders to work with children aged 2 months up to 18 months in child care centres, will be revised to incorporate EYDF principles and recommended practices. The new Certificate in Infant Care (CIC), to be finalised and offered in the 2nd half of 2012, will be open to new entrants and existing staff who have:
    • Completed Secondary 2 education, and 
    • Attained a Statement of Attainment (SOA) level 4 certificate in the ES Workplace Literacy (WPL) Series, and also
    • Completed the Fundamentals in Early Childhood Care and Education course.






    Those who have attained the CIC qualification, as well as existing CITC holders, will be certified as EY11 (Level 1 Educarer).


  2. MCYS is working with WDA to develop a new Certificate in Early Years 0-3 (CEY) course, to be finalised and offered in the 2nd half of 2012, which will qualify holders to work with children from 2 months up to age 3 (Nursery 1) in child care centres. The course will be open to new entrants who have:
    • Completed Secondary 4 education, and
    • Attained ES WPL level 5, including SOA 5 in EL (written)2.
    • Existing CITC holders will also be eligible to enrol, provided they meet the above WPL requirements. 






    Those who have attained the CEY qualification will be certified as EY2 (Level 2 Educarer).


  3. The Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (CECCE) will qualify holders to work with children from age 18 months to 4 years (Nursery 2) in child care centres. It is open to: 
    • New entrants who possess 3 ‘O’ level credits including EL 1 C6 or equivalent3.
    • Existing CITC holders who have: 
      • Completed Secondary 4 education, 
      • Attained WPL level 5 including SOA 5 in EL (written) or equivalent, and
      • Attained SOA 4 in the ES Workplace Numeracy (WPN) series.


    Those who have attained the Advanced CECCE qualification will be certified as L1 (Level 1 Child Care Teacher). 
The academic and professional training requirements for pre-school teachers teaching at kindergarten levels in child care centres remain unchanged, as previously announced in 2008.

New Training Targets for Child Care Centres

MCYS will set the following targets for the adoption of the new professional standards.

By 1 Jan 2016, all child care centres will be required to ensure that at least 75% of their educarers attain either the Certificate in Early Years, or the Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education. For child care teachers working with older children aged four to six, the existing training targets for diploma-trained teachers will apply. The different requirements for the two groups recognize the different nature and requirements for their work.

The new training pathway will create more opportunities for those who are interested to work with young children. Child care operators can send their existing and new teachers to take the ES tests held regularly at WDA CET centres4, in order to attain the required SOA Level needed for applying to the new WSQ courses.

 
Flowchart of New Training Pathway

Fact Sheet FLow Chart New Training Pathway 

 

1The new educarer certification levels EY1 and EY2 will take effect after the introduction of the new courses in the 2nd half of 2012.
2Apart from SOA 5 in EL (written), entrants can also alternatively possess an O Level EL1 credit, or a score of 5.5 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
3I.e. a score of 5.5 in IELTS, or a WPL SOA 5 in EL(written)
4For more information about the ES WPLN test and training, please refer to the following website: http://app2.wda.gov.sg/wsq/Contents/Contents.aspx?ContId=939 or call the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) at 6883 5885
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