PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR
CENTRE LEADERS AND LEAD EDUCATORS
PDP for Centre Leaders and Lead Educators is a 3-year 180-hour structured professional development (PD) programme for Leaders. It supports early childhood (EC) Leaders career progression and provides opportunities to broaden perspectives, deepen knowledge and hone competencies in areas of professional interest.
The success of PDP for Centre Leaders and Lead Educators lies in a strong tripartite partnership between operators, EC Leaders and ECDA as we support our Leaders professional development journey.
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Receive annual cash awards after completion of programme and service milestones
- Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident;
- Currently employed in a pre-school registered or licensed with ECDA;
- ECDA-certified L2;
- Centre Leader with at least 3 years of relevant EC leadership experience as a Principal* (based on date of Principal appointment to date of PDP appointment in May), OR Lead Teacher with at least 5 years of relevant EC teaching experience;
- Meet the relevant competencies and skills required (Centre Leader/ Lead Teacher) as described Skills Framework for Early Childhood (SFw EC)
*Centre Leaders who are not officially appointed as Principals, will need to have at least 5 years of relevant EC teaching experience.
About the Compulsory Modules
Compulsory Modules are specially curated modules for you to deepen knowledge and skills through better understanding of key trends, recent EC research, leadership styles and reflective practices.
The four compulsory modules are:
- Building Effective Relationships with Stakeholders in Preschool Settings
- Designing Integrated Play Experiences and Curricula in ECCE
- The Power of Feedback 360
- Trends and Issues in ECCE
About the ECDA-funded Overseas Study Trip
From the overseas study trip, you can learn best practices as a group, reflect on your own practices and adapt learning to to local context.
About the Projects
You will have the opportunity to mentor other centres under the Mentor Centre Initiative or lead in projects such as Innovation Grant, Practitioner Inquiry and other centre-initiated projects. You will also get to learn from ECDA Fellows by participating in ECDA’s Inquiry-Based Action Plan (IBAP) projects.
If you have been awarded with less than 30 hours for a project, you will have to complete another project (of any type listed below) in order to meet the programme milestone of 30 hours.
For more details on the projects:
- Innovation Grant Project
- Practitioner Inquiry Project
- ECDA Fellows’ IBAP Project (Please submit IBAP Project Summary via ONE@ECDA.)
- Centre-Initiated Project (Please submit proposal via ONE@ECDA. Refer to CIP factsheet for guidelines.
- Innovation Mentor Initiative (No application required, by selection basis)
About the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities
Enrich yourself through specially selected ECDA CPD courses. The list of recommended electives can be found in the latest briefing slides (download under Additional References below).
Local Learning Journeys, Work Attachments and Conferences
Self-initiate and embark on learning journeys and work attachments based on your learning interests, and attend conferences to gain sector level perspectives.
Leadership Symposium, Community of EC Leaders events and Learning Communities
Network, problem-solve and exchange good practices with fellow leaders in the EC fraternity through leadership platforms.
ECDA and in-house CPD courses
Hone skills in your areas of interest through courses aligned to the 4 skills categories within the Skills Framework for Early Childhood (SFw EC). This includes ECDA and in-house CPD courses conducted by centres/HQ.
PDP for Centre Leaders and Lead Educators participants are nominated by their operators/supervisors online through ONE@ECDA. All operators/supervisors interested in nominating their leaders for PDP(L) may download and reference the following guide in doing so.
Please note that for organisations with HQ structure, HQ will have to review all nominations submitted by their centres.
Nominations for Centre Leaders and Lead Educators are now open until 25 Nov 2022!
For enquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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a. Compulsory Modules are CPD courses conducted during working hours in Year 1.
b. Projects are carried out by participants at their centres, according to their own project implementation timeline.
c. ECDA-funded Overseas Study Trips are organised at different times of the year; prior notice will be given to participants for them to plan their trip in Year 2 or 3.
d. CPD Activities are ECDA or in-house courses which can be done anytime within the 3 years, to fulfil the remaining CPD hours required. More information on the ECDA CPD courses can be found in the ECDA CPD Prospectus.
For Compulsory Modules, subsidies by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) are available. SSG subsidies for each individual will be subjected to several criteria (e.g. sponsorship, organisation type, schemes applicable etc).
For the ECDA-funded overseas study trip, each participant will only be eligible for a one-time funding.
For the Innovation Grant and Practitioner Inquiry projects, participating centres will receive funding from ECDA to support the project implementation. Mentor centres under the Innovation Mentor Initiative will also receive funding to carry out their roles.
For ECDA CPD courses (including recommended electives), subsidies by ECDA are available.