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Skills Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education

​​What is it?​

The Skills Framework (SFw) for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is a guide which provides a common reference for skills and competencies to help individuals, employers and training providers promote skills mastery and lifelong learning in the sector.​


Who is it for?

​In-service EC educators and individuals with the passion and interest to pursue a career in ECCE.​


How does it work?

Career Pathways in the EC Sector

There are 3 tracks (Educarer, Teacher & Leader) covering 13 occupations in the ECCE sector, where educators are provided with opportunites to progress vertically and laterally across the 3 tracks. Aspiring leaders may also choose to progress along the Centre Leadership or Teacher Leadership pathway.​​​​

Career Pathways 
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Stages of an ECCE Employee

There are also 5 stages to achieving success as an EC educator with the Employee Life Cycle. The Skills Framework for ECCE provides a good resource and reference on the skills required for individual job roles in the ECCE sector.

Employee Life Cycle 

How does it help me grow as an EC professional?

As a Centre Leader, it helps you to

  1. ​Develop your educators by investing in their learning and development,
  2. Retain talent through effective HR practices, and​​​​​
  3. Attract potential EC educators.​​​​

As a Educarer or Preschool Teacher, it helps you to

  1. ​Find out the opportunities for your professional growth,​
  2. Plan your professional and career development, and​​​​​​
  3. Grow your professional capacity and career.

Other resources available

GROW ME Professional Development Resource

GROW ME aims to help EC educators take charge of their learning and chart their career growth. This resource can be used together with the Skills Framework for ECCE, the CPD Prospectus and ONE@ECDA. You can also use the Individual Professional Development Map (IPDM) to plan your CPD activities and track your progress.​​​​​​

GROW ME Professional Development Resource 

Download the GROW ME Professional Development Resource and Colouring Book here!

Click to find out more details about the Skills Framework for ECCE from ECDA and SkillsFuture Singapore!​​​​​​​