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Not a single day will be the same, as every child is unique. The joy of seeing their development and progress will motivate you to get out of bed every morning.
As brain development occurs rapidly during the early years of life, early experiences form the foundation for all learning, health and behaviour that lasts into adulthood.
Opportunities abound for you to develop through Professional Development Programmes, Continuing Professional Development courses, ECDA Scholarships and more!
As the impact of early experiences go beyond the classroom, a career in early childhood provides meaning and purpose that cannot be easily found in other jobs.
Over the past three years, median salaries in early childhood have grown by around 15% and salary growth is expected to continue to outpace the general market.
There is a growing demand for early childhood services and a growing number of preschool centres, which equates to more employment opportunities and better job security.
With up to 13 types of occupations within a preschool, there are many paths one can take within the sector. You can also progress outside of a preschool setting to be a cluster supervisor, curriculum specialist, or even a lecturer.
The Government is committed to an annual spending of S$1.7 billion by 2022 to ensure a good start for every child and make early childhood a fulfilling and rewarding career.
ECDA offers a range of programmes and resources to provide opportunities for early childhood educators at different stages of their career to develop and upskill themselves.
The ECDA Training Award is offered to students undergoing full time early childhood courses who are passionate about working with children and plan to have a career in the early childhood sector.
The CPD Prospectus provides a list of CPD courses which in-service educators can sign up for via ONE@ECDA.
The Skills Framework is a guide which provides educators with useful information on skills development and professional growth.
The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is a structured 3-year programme designed to support educarers, teachers and leaders in their professional development journey.
The SkillsFuture Study Award for EC Sector supports experienced EC educators in skills deepening.
The ECDA Scholarship nurtures and supports outstanding and deserving in-service EC educators in their academic pursuits as they strive for professional mastery.
The ECDA Fellows Programme is offered to pinnacle leaders in the EC profession to provide opportunities for them to develop their career, fulfil their aspirations and uplift the quality of the sector.
Through teaching, we can change the world one child at a time.