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EXPLORE A CAREER IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

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There is a diversity of rewarding and professional careers in early childhood. There is also a range of support available for you.
Click on the links below to find out more based on your current profile:

Click here​ for an overview of the different support available for you to become an Early Childhood Educator.

Click here for an overview of the different early childhood educator training courses.


I recently graduated from secondary school and have O level qualifications


There is a range of different full-time or part-time education options for you at Institutes of Higher Learning or Private Training Agencies to be trained to be an early childhood educator.

​​Job Role ​Age Group of ​Children ​Professional Qualification Required​ Training Institution(s) ​Minimum Course Entry Requirements ​Duration​
​​Assistant Pre-S​chool Teacher

OR

Beginning Educarer​

​To assist children aged ​5 to 6​ years old​



To teach children aged ​​18 months to 4 years old
​Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Educ​ation​ ITE College Central


3 GCE 'O' levels AND cr​edit in English
years ​ ​​
WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (ACECCE) ​KLC International Institute Pte Ltd / SEED Institute 12 months (full-time) /
24 months (part-time)​
 
 
  
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Beginning Pre-Schoo​l Teach​er ​ ​ ​ ​ ​






​​​​To teach children aged ​18 months to 6 years old ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education (ECDE) Ngee Ann Polytechnic / Temasek Polytechnic​ ​​​5 GCE' O' levels AND credit in English ​ ​ ​ 3 years​ ​ ​
​Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education (TSE) Ngee Ann Polytechnic ​​​5 GCE' O' levels AND C6 in English​ AND B4 in Higher Tamil / A2 in Tamil ​​3 years​
Diploma in Chinese Studies (CHS)​ Ngee Ann Polytechnic ​5 GCE' O' levels AND C6 in English​ AND B4 in Higher Chinesel / A2 in Chinese ​​3 years​
​WSQ Professional ​​Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (PDECCE) ​Asian International College / KLC International Institute Pte Ltd​ / SEED Institute ​5 GCE' O' levels AND credit in English​ / Mother Tongue ​18 months (full-time) / 
30 months (part-time)​
 

For those pursuing further studies in Early Childhood at ITE College Central, ECDA offers a Training Award, which offers a full sponsorship
of course fees, a learning resource grant for study-related expenses, a study allowance of $500 per month and funding for professional development of up to $1,000 per year for EC-related courses supported by the ITE. The Training Award comes with a 1 year bond for each year of support, with a maximum of a 2 year bond. Click
here for more information on the ECDA Training Award (ITE).


Read the stories of Sarasvathy D/O Ravee and Sonia Binte Rosli who have completed their Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education at ITE and have been awarded the inaugural TA Commendation Award!


For those pursuing further studies in Early Childhood at Ngee Ann Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic, ECDA also offers a training award which offers a full sponsorship of course fees, a learning resource grant for study-related expenses, a study allowance of $800 per month and funding for professional development of up to $1,000 per year for EC-related courses supported by the Polytechnic. The Training Award comes with a 1 year bond for each year of support, with a maximum of a 3 year bond. Click here for more information on the ECDA Training Award (Poly). 


Read the stories of Soe Le Qi, Sheryl, Goh Le Yee, Laurene and Khoo Ching Yee, Rachel​ who have completed their Diploma in Early Childhood Education at polytechnics and have been awarded the inaugural TA Commendation Award!​

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I recently graduated from Polytechnic / JC and wish to pursue a degree in early childhood


You may wish to consider the full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor four-year direct honours teacher preparation programme. For students enrolled in this programme, ECDA offers the Training Award (Uni) which offers a full sponsorship of course fees, a learning resource grant for study-related expenses, a study allowance of $800 per month and funding for professional development of up to $1,000 per year for EC-related courses supported by the university. The Training Award comes with a 1 year bond for each year of support, with a maximum of a 4 year bond. Click here for more information on the ECDA Training Award (Uni).   

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I am coming back to work or switching from another career / course of study


If you would like to have a first-hand experience in the sector before committing to a career in early childhood, you can consider the Reskilling for Jobs – Work Trial for the Early Childhood Sector.  Trainees will undergo a short-term on-job-training (OJT) programme with pre-school operators for up to 2 weeks (80 hours) with a host pre-school centre.  Eligible job seekers who complete the structured OJT will receive a one-off Training Allowance to defray a portion of their expenses incurred. Those that stay in employment for more than three consecutive months will receive a one-off Retention Incentive.  Click here for more information on the Reskilling for Jobs – Work Trial.

Individuals who possess 5 'O' level credits with credit in English or local tertiary qualifications can enrol in the accelerated programme - Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Child Care Teachers or Kindergarten Teachers.

Job Role ​Age Group of Children Professional Qualification Required Training Institution(s) ​Minimum Course Entry Requirements ​Duration
​ ​


Beginning Pre- School
Teacher​
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​​
To teach children aged ​18 months to 6 years old ​
WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (PDECCE) KLC International Institute Pte Ltd​ / SEED Institute
​5 'O' level credits AND credit in English / Mother Tongue 16 to 18 months​
​WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Child Care (PDECCE-CC) ​Any Local Polytechnic Diploma AND credit in 'O' level English

OR

Accredited degree in any discipline
​12 to 13 months
Diploma (Conversion) in Early Childhood Teaching (DCECT)

Ngee Ann Polytechnic​ 8 months (full-time) /
​12 months (part-time)
 

Candidates under the Professional Conversion Programme (company sponsored) will be entitled to a full-sponsorship of course fees and will receive a training stipend. As trainees are employer sponsored, trainees will be required to undertake some bond with their employers. Click here for more information on the Professional Conversion Programme.

 

I have completed Secondary 2 or Seconday 4 education


For those with at least a Sec 2 (or minimum 8 years of formal education) or Sec 4 (or minimum 10 years of formal education), there is a range of training options for you. 

​​Job Role​
​Age Group of Children
​Professional Qualification Required Training Institution(s)​​ ​Minimum Course Entry Requirements​ ​Duration
Assistant/Para Educarer​ To assist children aged 18 months to 4 years old ​Fundamentals in 
Early Childhood Ca​re 
and Education (FECCE)
Please click here​.​ Secondary 2 or 8 years of formal education​ ​3-4 months
Infant Educarer ​To teach children aged 2 months to 18 months o​ld ​​WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care (HCIC) Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre / Asian International College / KLC International Institute Pte Ltd / SEED Institute​ ​Secondary 2 or 8 years of formal education​​

AND

WPL SOA 4 (ave) / HSK Level 4 with Advanced Level in HSK oral test
​4 months (full-time) / 
8 months (part-time)
​Infant/Toddler Educar​er ​To teach children aged 2 months to 3 years old ​​WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early years (ACEY) Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre / Asian International College​ /KLC International Institute Pte Ltd / SEED Institute ​Secondary 4 or 10 years of formal education​​

AND

WPL SOA 5 (ave) including SOA 5 for WPL-Writing / HSK Level 5 with Advanced Level in HSK oral test
​8-16 months (depending on course provider and structure)
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