Professional Development Programme for Educators


PDP(Educators)* is a 3-year professional development programme with refreshed content specially curated to support infant/early years and preschool educators with potential for further development. It prepares our educators to take on larger job roles through:

  • Deepening professional knowledge and skills to improve quality of teaching practices
  • Gaining new knowledge and skills to work with children from a wider age range

A strong tripartite partnership between operators, infant/early years and preschool educators, and ECDA to support the professional development of these educators is key to the success of PDP(Educators).

*Previously known as PDP(Educarers) and PDP(Teachers)

The PDP Journey

Key Features

  • Choose from a variety of professional development activities and complete them at own pace and language
  • Receive annual cash awards after completion of programme and service milestones

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident;
  • Employed under a Non-Anchor Operator Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) registered or licensed with ECDA
  • ECDA-certified
    • EY1/EY2/L1 (for infant/early years educators)
    • L2 (for preschool educators)

  • Preferably 3 years of Early Childhood (EC) teaching experience (based on date of attainment of relevant qualification to date of PDP appointment in April)
    • WSQ HCIC/WSQ ACEY/Higher Nitec/ACECCE (for infant/early years educators)
    • DECCE-T or equivalent (for preschool educators)

  • Meet the relevant skills and competencies required as described in the Skills Framework for Early Childhood for Infant Educator, Early Years Educator or Preschool Educator
    • Nominee should possess one of these Occupational Titles in ONE@ECDA at point of nomination: Infant Educator, Senior Infant Educator, Early Years Educator, Senior Early Years Educator, Preschool Educator, Senior Preschool Educator

    Operators are encouraged to prioritise good performing educators (e.g. top 10-20% based on appraised performance) for PDP.


Programme Structure

About the Compulsory Module

Infant/early years educators need to complete the compulsory module*, Observation and Planning for the Holistic Development of Infants and Toddlers (English and Chinese versions are available). It is a 2-full day course where educators will:

  • Observe, understand and document the development, interests, needs and abilities of children from birth to 36 months.
  • Be equipped with skills to adapt and monitor the effectiveness of the intentional experiences to cater to the specific needs of the individual children.
  • Effectively plan for purposeful experiences to support children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
  • Effectively collaborate with parents to support the young child’s development and learning.
Preschool educators need to complete the compulsory module which will cover content relating to curriculum and pedagogy for preschool educators. More details will be shared later.

*Participants who have completed the compulsory module prior to joining PDP are to complete one CPD course tagged to Stage 1 TSCs in-lieu.


About the CPD course

PDP(Educators) participants need to complete one CPD course tagged to Stage 1 TSCs for your role on an annual basis in Year 2 and 3 (i.e., 1 course in Year 2 and another in Year 3). 

Please refer to the CPD Roadmap to identify the Stage 1 TSCs for each Occupational Title. ​
Please refer to the CPD Prospectus for CPD courses which are tagged to the Stage 1 TSCs for each Occupational Title.​

About the Project

PDP(Educators) participants need to complete one project in Year 2 or 3.

The project options available are:

  • Practitioner Inquiry (PI) Grant – provides participants the opportunity to pursue a project using an inquiry-based approach to explore curriculum innovation and improve their teaching practices. Look out for more details later.
  • Centre-Initiated Project (CIP) – provides participants the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills within the centre and classroom. Refer to the CIP Factsheet for more information.


About the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities

PDP(Educators) participants may complete other CPD activities to fulfill the remaining hours.

1. ECDA CPD Activities ECDA

CPD courses are courses or activities endorsed by ECDA aimed at raising the quality and professional experience of educators. Please refer to CPD Prospectus for more information.

2. Non-ECDA CPD Activities

Non-ECDA CPD activities are courses, activities or training programmes conducted by professional institutions (such as NIEC and SUSS) or external providers. Some examples include first aid course, local learning journeys, learning communities, seminars and conferences etc.

Participants may refer to the respective institute’s website for more information.

3. In-house CPD Activities (capped at 20 hours)

In-house CPD courses are training sessions organised by the participant’s centre or organisation that contributes to the professional development of educators in performing their professional role. Participants can clock up to 20 hours of in-house CPD courses per PDP year.

Some examples include peer sharing, learning journeys, learning festivals, mentoring sessions and other staff trainings etc.

Nominations for PDP(Educators) 2024 has ended. Look out for the next PDP(Educators) nominations in Sep 2024!

PDP(Educators) participants are nominated by their operators/supervisors through ONE@ECDA yearly. All operators/supervisors interested in nominating their infant/early years or preschool educators may refer to the following guides.

For organisations with HQ structure, HQ will have to review all nominations submitted by their centres.

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This is calculated based on the infant/early years educator’s date of attainment of the WSQ HCIC/ACEY/Higher Nitec/ACECCE or the preschool educator’s date of attainment of the DECCE-T (or equivalent), to the date of appointment onto the PDP(Educators). If the educator has more than one of the above certifications, ECDA will calculate the years of trained experience based on the certification that was first attained.
Mother Tongue Language infant/early years or preschool educators who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the PDP. The compulsory module is offered in both English and Chinese Language.
There is no limit to the number of nominations a centre or organisation can submit. Centres and organisations are encouraged to nominate as many infant/early years and preschool educators as they deem suitable for the programme, after taking into consideration manpower requirements.

Programme and Service Milestones

  • Compulsory modules are conducted during working hours in Year 1.
  • Projects are carried out by participants at their centres, according to the approved project implementation timeline.
  • Remaining CPD hours can be clocked by completing ECDA/non-ECDA/in-house activities anytime within the 3 years. More information on ECDA CPD activities can be found in the ECDA CPD Prospectus.

For CPD courses, subsidies by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) are available. These course fee subsidies are subject to SSG’s funding criteria. More details can be found here.

The annual cash award will be disbursed to participants if they successfully complete the stipulated programme milestones of the year, and if they remain employed with their nominating organisation for 6 months after the end of each PDP year.

Completion of PDP

No, participants will not be allowed to complete PDP within 2 years. It is important that participants complete the PDP over 3 years so that they have time and space to apply their learning. Participants are required to complete some Professional Development in every year of PDP.
To remain on the PDP(Educators), participants need to complete all programme milestones. In addition, participants must remain with their nominating organisation throughout the programme and for at least six months after the end of each PDP year to qualify for the annual cash awards. Any requests for deferment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and subjected to ECDA’s approval.