Early Childhood Celebrations & Conference 2023

ECCC 2023

The Early Childhood Celebrations & Conference (ECCC) on 27 and 28 October 2023 celebrates the work of EC professionals while promoting their professional development through innovation, collaboration and partnership with stakeholders. 

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Learning How Children Learn, Transforming Practices Together’. The conference will

  • offer insights into the science of how children learn;
  • explore how application of child development theories can transform our practices;
  • affirm the shift from teacher-directed approaches to child-centered approaches; and
  • inform about evidence-based instruction, where data is utilised to effectively assess the impact of our interactions with the children.  

The conference is also an opportunity for the EC fraternity to come together and celebrate the progress of the sector and collective achievements of our educators, preschools, families, and the community. 


Let’s Learn! (27 October)Let’s Celebrate! (28 October)
  • 2 Keynote Addresses
  • 36 Concurrent Sessions
  • 1 Plenary Session on Revised Early Years Development Framework (EYDF)
  • ECDA Awards
  • SPARK Certificate Presentation Ceremony
  • Start Small Dream Big Finale (SSDB)


Keynote Address 1

The Crucial Role of Effective Early Childhood Education in Setting Young Children Up for Success

Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Academic Director of the Early Years University of Wollongong, Australia

A/P Neilsen-Hewett will highlight the significance of early brain development as well as social-emotional development, executive functioning, and the role of the educator as a “brain architect”. She will cover key priorities, principles, and practices essential for optimising outcomes for young children and consider features of a functional and effective early childhood system with reference made to the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) and the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework.

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Keynote Address 2

How Early Learners Learn Best: A Honeycomb Model

Professor Tan Oon Seng

Dean, Special Projects and Centre Director, Singapore Centre for Character & Citizenship Education National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

How do children learn best in the early years? Using a honeycomb model Professor Tan developed, the address will cover macro perspectives as well as critical elements for nurturing children in their early years. He will also provide participants with pragmatic pedagogical principles and practical pointers to enable our next generation of early learners to thrive with the pre-dispositions for learning how to learn, think and develop 21st century skills.

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There are 36 concurrent sessions covering an array of topics on the science of learning, building professional capacity as well as home-school partnership. For full information on details of each concurrent session, check out the link below.

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Join us at the exhibition and find out more about the remarkable transformation of the EC sector over the past 10 years. Gain insights into the ever-evolving approaches to EC education, and explore a wide range of exciting programmes and resources curated by our partners that educators can tap on and integrate into their classrooms and learning experiences for the children.


Come join us for an exciting time of learning and celebrations at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre!

Registration will open from 14 August till 24 September for Day 1 Conference (27 October). Day 2 Celebration (28 October) is for invited guests only.

Centre can register for the educators here via CMS. The conference fee is $180 per pax.

Registered ECDA-certified educators will also be awarded CPD hours for attending the Day 1 Conference. Registration is on a first-come-first served basis. Do register early to secure your preferred concurrent sessions.


Day 1: 27 October (Friday)
Programme (9am to 6pm)

  • Breakfast and Exhibition
  • Welcome Remarks by Guest of Honour – Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister, Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) Singapore
  • Keynote Address 1 by Prof Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett
  • Intermission
  • Concurrent Sessions A
  • Buffet Lunch and Exhibition
  • Concurrent Sessions B
  • Afternoon Tea and Exhibition
  • Keynote Address 2 by Prof Tan Oon Seng
  • Plenary Session on revised Early Years Development Framework (EYDF)
  • Concluding Remarks for Day 1 Conference

Day 2: 28 October (Saturday)
Programme (By Invitation Only)

  • Light Breakfast with Coffee & Tea and Exhibition
  • Welcome Remarks by Guest of Honour – Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State, Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) Singapore
  • 3-in-1 Celebrations for ECDA Awards, SPARK Certification Presentation & Start Small Dream Big (SSDB) Finale
  • Celebration Lunch for Guests & Participants and Exhibition


You may send in your enquiries to eccc@ecda.gov.sg.