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Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Curriculum

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The Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Curriculum is a comprehensive tool kit of kindergarten curriculum resources developed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to support early childhood educators in creating quality learning experiences for children aged four to six years. It comprises the NEL Framework, the NEL Educators’ Guide and NEL teaching and learning resources. The NEL Curriculum also includes a parallel set of a Framework, an Educators’ Guide and teaching and learning resources for the Mother Tongue Languages. MOE is progressively developing the NEL Curriculum and has launched the following resources thus far:

  • NEL Framework
  • NEL Educators’ Guide
  • NEL Framework for Mother Tongue Languages
  • NEL Educators' Guides for Mother Tongue Languages *New!*
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​​Please click on the thumbnails below to download the pdf version of the resource​s.

The NEL Framework​​

NEL Framework  


NEL Educators' Guide

NEL Educators' Guide (Overview)  
NEL EG V2 Aesthetics and Creative ExpressionNEL EG V3 (Discover of the World)
NEL EG V6 (Numeracy) NEL EG V7 (Social and Emotional Development)​​


NEL Framework for Mother Tongue Languages

NEL MT resource (EL)NEL MT (CL)  
NEL MT (ML)NEL MT (TL)  


NEL Educators' Guides for Mother Tongue Languages *New!*​

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NEL MTL Educators' Guide (Chinese ver)NEL MTL Educators' Guide (Malay ver)  
NEL MTL Educators' Guide (Tamil ver)


NEL Framework Guide for Parents​

Parents are children’s First Teachers and play an important part in nurturing children’s love for learning. Read the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework Guide for Parents which explains what the Framework says about how children learn and develop and what children should be able to do at the end of their kindergarten education.

NEL guide for parents

Click here for more information about the NEL curriculum resources​​​