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ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards Presentation Ceremony 2021

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​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​T​he annual ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards Presentation Ceremony was held virtually this year on 28 Oct 2021. It recognises outstanding in-service and aspiring Early Childhood (EC) educators who have taken up the ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards (TA) to fulfil their career aspirations. Together with their family, friends and guests, we celebrated the achievements of our recipients and affirmed their commitment towards nurturing the lives of our little ones.
 

In his congratulatory remarks, Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Masagos Zulkifli reaffirmed the pivotal role EC educators play in shaping young minds, and the Government’s commitment to supporting them at every stage of their careers. Educators can also look forward to enhanced progression pathways as he shared about the revised Skills Framework and Continuing Professional Development Roadmaps that would be launched subsequently. Responding to one of the questions asked by our TA recipient, Minister Masagos acknowledged that the demands and expectations of EC educators today are very different from what they used to be. He encouraged recipients to develop themselves professionally and think about how they can harness technology to enhance the preschool environment.

 

This year, 372 TA recipients took up the award as they embark on their EC journey. Check out the video featuring ​our newly awarded recipients!  

​During the Ceremony, 6 outstanding in-service early childhood educators received the ECDA Scholarship to pursue the Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, while 20 TA recipients received the ECDA TA Commendation Award for their exemplary performance during their studies. Read on to find out more about them.


Meet Our ECDA Scholarship Recipients 2021!

The ECDA Scholarships are offered to outstanding and deserving early childhood educators who wish to pursue a part-time Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Introducing our Scholarship Recipients 2021:​

Law Lifun

Law Lifun

Pursuing Master of Education (Early Childhood)

​NIE Principal at Little Kinder Montessori

"I want to continuously upgrade myself as an EC Professional, keep abreast of the latest EC trends, and improve my centre's practices."​

Nur Binte Riduan Suzannah

Nur Binte Riduan, Suzannah

Pursuing Master of Early Childhood Educations, SUSS​​
​Senior Teacher at AmeriCare Child Development Centre


“I am grateful for the opportunity to further my studies and hone my skills. I hope to apply my learnings and strengthen partnerships in my centre.”


Geetha D/O Segar

Geetha d/o Segar

Pursuing Master of Education (Early Childhood), NIE

​Centre Head at MOE Kindergarten @ North View

​​“I​ hope to grow in my capacity as a leader and be a role model to fellow educators who would nurture children for lifelong learning.”


Jasmine Pang Yin Ying

Pang Yin Ying, Jasmine

Pursuing Master of Education (Early Childhood), NIE

Centre Principal at PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Sengkang Central Blk 208

“I wish to improve my pedagogical skills to help children with different learning needs and be the voice for inclusive education in the sector.”


Nurul Nadiah

Nurul Nadiah Bte Mohd Sharif

Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor, SUSS

​Lead Child Care Teacher at Between Two Trees Preschool

​“I endeavour to be a curriculum leader and provide a safe space where children learn and grow to become confident individuals.”


  Tan Wee Teng, Celesta

Tan Wee Teng, Celesta

Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor, SUSS

​Child Care Teacher at Agape Little Uni @ Sengkang

“I believe that as educators, we need to keep up with the ever-evolving trends and innovate our teaching strategies so as to help every child grow to greater heights.”


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Meet Our ECDA TA Commendation Award Recipients 2021!

Although the COVID-19 situation continues to pose various challenges to our EC educators, our ECDA TA Commendation Award Recipients have been able to navigate this journey with tenacity and hope, inspiring us with their passion and beliefs.

Introducing our TA Commendation Award Recipients 2021:

Nadia Binte Johari

Nadia Binte Johari

Graduated with Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - ITE Pursuing further ECE studies at NIEC-NP

​“I want to create an inclusive classroom space, where there is child-directed and meaningful play.”

Nur Farah Elyana Binte Rahmat

Nur Farah Elyana Binte Rahmat

Graduated with Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - ITE Pursuing further ECE studies at NIEC-TP


“I hope to advocate for more Malay language learning in preschools in the future, and provide an inclusive environment for children with special needs.”


Siti Sarah Binte Abdul Halim

Siti Sarah Binte Abdul Halim

Graduated with Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - ITE Teacher at PCF Sparkletots @ Joo Chiat


“I want to work closely with pre-service EC students to share my knowledge and experiences.”


Yasirah Yasmin Binte Mohd Yusri

Yasirah Yasmin Binte Mohd Yusri

Graduated with Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - ITE ​​Pursuing further ECE studies at NIEC-TP


​“I believe in the importance of reflective practice as it provides educators with insights on how to support the development of children.”


Y  Annie Chua Manyi

Annie Chua Manyi

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

​​Teacher at E-Bridge Pre-School at Blk 140 Corporation Drive​

“I want to create an inclusive environment, where all children can learn together and reach their fullest potential, regardless of ability.”​


Izza Firzana Binte Mansor

Izza Firzana Binte Mansor

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

​Teacher at E-Bridge Pre-School @ 670 Edgefield Plains

“I aspire to be a good mentor for practicum students or new teachers in future, and to come together to learn for the benefit of the children.”


Lau Cheng Yann

Lau Cheng Yann

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

​Teacher at PCF Sparkletots @ Pioneer Block 661B

“I hope that the EC sector can move towards exploring integrating technology into teaching, which will make learning more engaging and fun.”


Sheela Lim Jia Ni

Sheela Lim Jia Ni

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

​Teacher at E-Bridge Preschool @ 217 Compassvale Drive

“I hope to focus on children’s holistic social and emotional development, and to instil good values and morals in them.”


  Tan Eqing Enya

Tan Eqing Enya

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Teacher at KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse @ Orchard

“I aspire to promote a safe environment where children can make mistakes and learn. I believe that one of the most important values to instil in children is love.”


  Alyssa Low Yi Xian

Alyssa Low Yi Xian

Graduated with Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Pursuing further ECE studies at SUSS

“I hope to focus on children’s holistic social and emotional development, and to instil good values and morals in them.”


  Chin Si Ying

Chin Si Ying

Graduated with Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Teacher at Skool4Kidz @ Senja Parc View

​“I believe in creating a rich educational experience for all children, including those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.”


  Chua Min Qi Angela

Chua Min Qi Angela

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Teacher at MOE Kindergarten @ West View Primary School

​“I want to establish meaningful connections with parents and include them in their child’s learning and development.”


  Nicole Chin Pei Shan

Nicole Chin Pei Shan

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Teacher at Maplebear Preschool @ Jubilee

​“I believe that learning never stops, and I can gain new knowledge and skills by learning from my mentors and colleagues.”


  Calyn Chua Kiat Leng

Calyn Chua Kiat Leng

Graduated with Diploma in Chinese Studies (Early Childhood Teaching) from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Teacher at PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Brickland 810

​“Through meaningful and enjoyable lessons and activities, I hope to impart an appreciation and respect for the Chinese language and culture to the younger generation.”


  Nivetha D/O Loganathan

Nivetha D/O Loganathan

Graduated with Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Teacher at E-Bridge Preschool @ Bukit Batok

​“I aspire to be a preschool teacher who treats all children equally, and encourage them to be curious and competent learners.”


  Noorul Ameen Afrah Thahseen

Noorul Ameen Afrah Thahseen

Graduated with Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education from NIEC - Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Teacher at MOE Kindergarten @ First Toa Payoh

“I want to create interesting and creative resources that can be shared amongst Tamil Language teachers to enhance children’s learning.”


  Charlotte Ang (Hong Jia'En)

Charlotte Ang (Hong Jia'En)

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from NIEC - Temasek Polytechnic

Teacher at E-bridge Pre-school @ Fernvale Link

“I wish for a learning environment where every child can continually learn to the best of their abilities regardless of their background or socio-economic status.”


  Hiang Huai Xin, Calandra

Hiang Huai Xin, Calandra

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from NIEC - Temasek Polytechnic

Pursuing further ECE studies at SUSS

“My goal is to create a respectful, unbiased and fair environment, and to provide quality education and experiences for all children.”


  Maryam Binte Adnan

Maryam Binte Adnan

Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from NIEC - Temasek Polytechnic

Teacher at NTUC My First Skool @ 83 Punggol Central

“I hope to provide a comfortable and fun environment for children to explore and enjoy their learning experiences.”


  Tan Yifen Samantha

Tan Yifen Samantha

​Graduated with Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor from SUSS

Teacher at GUMMI Smart Kids

“My goal is to become a reflective practitioner and an Early Childhood Education advocate.”


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