ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards Presentation Ceremony 2022

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​After a 2-year hiatus, the ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards Presentation Ceremony held on 11 October 2022 was the first in-person ceremony that ECDA hosted since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores. Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Masagos Zulkifli presented the ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards to more than 200 aspiring and in-service Educators Childhood (EC) educators during the ceremony. Among them, 14 Training Award recipients were also given Commendation Awards for exemplary achievements during their studies. 


​​The ceremony kickstarted with a fun and interactive icebreaker, successfully engaging over 500 invited guests and recipients. Minister Masagos acknowledged the pivotal roles that EC educators play, and applauded their resilience and effort in making a significant impact on the local EC sector by embracing diverse changes in their pedagogical practices brought on by the pandemic. Their adaptability, resourcefulness and tenacity were shown through the innovative lesson plans they crafted to engage their young charges during this period. Minister Masagos also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to supporting EC educators’ professional growth and career aspirations at every stage of their career. Since 2015, ECDA has endowed more than 180 Scholarships and 2,700 Training Awards totalling $86 million to support the career aspirations of EC educators and uplift the professional quality of the sector. ​


​​The ceremony concluded with a mass Boomerang ‘EC Wave’ in commemoration of this special day! This joyous occasion brought a sense of community and validation to our recipients who had demonstrated firm commitment and passion towards nurturing young minds. May they continue to make waves in the EC sector!

Meet Our ECDA Scholarship Recipients 2022!
The ECDA Scholarships​ are offered to outstanding and deserving in-service Early Childhood (EC) educators to pursue part-time Bac​helor’s or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).

This year, 12 EC educators were awarded Scholarships and recognised for their aptitude and potential in leadership roles. They have played critical roles in shaping the young minds of our next generation and displayed firm commitment in their work as EC educators. 

Let us meet our 12 Scholarship recipients as they share their aspirations:

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Ang Jie Ying 
Pursuing Master of Early Childhood Education (Part-time) at SUSS 
Preschool Quality Officer at Babilou Family Singapore Pte Ltd

“I strongly believe that there is no “one size fits all” in engaging teachers, like how children learn. It is important that we also cater to teachers’ learning needs and tap on their strengths to enrich the learning environment.”
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Chandar Prabah Rai 
Pursuing Master of Early Childhood Education (Part-time) at SUSS
Senior Teacher at E-Bridge Preschool Pte Ltd @ Yishun

“I aspire to continuously learn new skills and knowledge to uplift myself as an educator and create meaningful connections with my fellow practitioners.” 
SSP_Ding Tian
Ding Tian 
Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education (Part-time) at SUSS
Senior Teacher at E-Bridge Pre-school @ Montreal Link

“This scholarship is an affirmation of my efforts and aptitudes in being an early childhood educator. I will strive to continuously equip myself with knowledge and diverse teaching approaches to enhance children’s learning.”
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Jenica Alisa Ong 
Pursuing Master of Early Childhood Education (Part-time) at SUSS
Centre Director at Seeds D’ Learning House

“Being emboldened in my roles as a leader and mentor, I hope to motivate teachers to remain passionate early childhood educators and help them understand the significance of their roles in shaping young minds.” 
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Nabilah Binte Mohamed Zin 
Pursuing Master of Education (Early Childhood) (Part-time) at NIE
Principal at Superland Preschool

“I aim to support the professional growth of my fellow educators by forging a culture of continual learning and promoting reflective practices to consistently enhance children’s learning environments.”
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Nur Sulastri Binte Mohamad Riway Surya Putera 
Pursuing Master of Early Childhood Education (Part-time) at SUSS
Principal at PCF Sparkletots Preschool @Tampines West

“I believe that through the spirit of lifelong learning, we as educators can constantly uplift ourselves professionally. I hope to also design training frameworks with differentiated adult learning approaches.”
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Nasreen Binte Naser 
Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor (Part-time) at SUSS
Centre Head at MOE Kindergarten @ Bendemeer

“In hopes of becoming a better educator and leader, I will share my knowledge and expertise with my fellow educators and continuously widen my perspectives and hone my skills as an early childhood practitioner.”
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Nurlisha D/O Muhammed Ali 
Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor (Part-time) at SUSS
Vice Principal at PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Punggol Shore (EY)

“As curriculum frameworks are key to scaffolding children’s holistic development, I aspire to guide educators in moulding and engaging young minds of varying learning needs and interests.”
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Samantha Ann Vaylantham 
Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor (Part-time) at SUSS
English Teacher at MindChamps PreSchool @ Boon Keng Private Limited

“There are always ways to improve our craft of teaching and being open to learning can equip ourselves with deeper knowledge and effective skillsets as early childhood practitioners.”
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Samantha Ho Jia Wen 
Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor (Part-time) at SUSS
English Teacher at Agape Little Uni. @ Upper Serangoon

“I strongly believe in child-directed learning, where early childhood educators are facilitators  who create meaningful learning opportunities and accommodate to differing developmental  needs and styles for children in their formative years.”
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Amanda Tan
Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor (Part-time) at SUSS
Senior Teacher at Shaws CDLC @ Mountbatten Pte Ltd
 
“My aspirations are to deepen my knowledge in curriculum planning and build connections with my fellow educators to work collaboratively and optimise children’s learning and development.”
SSP_Wang Xiaoyan
Wang Xiaoyan 
Pursuing Bachelor of Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education (Part-time) at SUSS
Senior Chinese Teacher at Between Two Trees Preschool

“I desire to be a reflective and empathetic educator, who keeps abreast of EC advancements and caters to diverse learning needs of children, especially those with special needs.”

 

Meet Our ECDA TA Commendation Award Recipients 2022!
Nominations are based on all-rounded evaluation criteria, such as academic achievements and contributions to the sector during their course of studies. 14 ECDA Training Award recipients were conferred the TA Commendation Award for their outstanding achievements and contributions. May their tenacity, drive, and passion for nurturing our next generation continue to shine through. 

 

Here are our 14 TA Commendation Award Recipients!​

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Callie Ng 
Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education from NIEC (Temasek Polytechnic)
Teacher at Maplebear Paya Lebar

“I wish to inculcate visual arts as a learning vehicle and advocate for more support systems that cater to children from disadvantaged or marginalised families.” 
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Charlene Tan Shi Ying 
Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education from NIEC (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) 
Teacher at Skool4Kidz @ SBSB

“I aspire to promote inclusivity in my classrooms with learning spaces for diverse needs and interests, as well as ensure sufficient training opportunities for EC professionals.”
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Charmaine Grace Ang 
Graduated with Diploma in Chinese Studies (Early Childhood Teaching)
(Ngee Ann Polytechnic) 
Teacher at MOE Kindergarten @ Sengkang Green

“I aim to be a reflective educator and balance effectively between teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, while uplifting my skills in Mandarin Language Teaching.”
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Clairabel Jann Ong Ci En 
Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education from NIEC (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)
Teacher at Star Learners @ North East Pte Ltd Sengkang Sports Centre

“I hope to create inclusive learning environments for children of diverse backgrounds and interests, especially those of atypical families and the underprivileged.”
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Cynthia Peh Yi Jie 
Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education from NIEC (Temasek Polytechnic)
Teacher at PCF TW 140

“My aspirations are to support children’s holistic development including those of special needs, as well as strengthen home-school partnerships and consistently uplift myself as an EC professional.”
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Dian Haziqah Binte Mohammad Azlan 
Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education from NIEC (Temasek Polytechnic) 
Teacher at Odyssey the Global Preschool - Wilkinson

“I strongly believe that every child is a unique individual with utmost potential, and I will strive to provide an enriching and safe environment that promotes exploration and caters to children’s learning needs.” 
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Ei Zhe Qi 
Graduated with Diploma in Chinese Studies (Early Childhood Teaching) 
(Ngee Ann Polytechnic) 
Teacher at MOE Kindergarten @ Frontier Primary School

“I aspire to be a nurturing teacher for children, a trusted educator for families, and a reliable colleague for my fellow EC professionals.”  
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Hanni Syafiqah Binte Mohamed Ali 
Graduated with Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education from NIEC (ITE)
Pursuing further studies in NIEC-NP

“I advocate for play and hands-on activities as learning mediums and hope to use my creative art experiences to craft fun and sensorial learning materials for children.”
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Khoo Ching Yee Rachel 
Graduated with Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor from SUSS
Teacher at Little Skool House @ Temasek Polytechnic

“I hope to provide children with a safe and enriching learning environment through effective classroom management skills and a holistic curriculum where hands-on learning is prioritised.” 
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Lim Ching Yi Vivian 
Graduated with Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor from SUSS
Teacher at Little Skool House at Marina Boulevard

“I love to celebrate each child’s individuality and acknowledge their capabilities in directing their own learning, so they feel respected and safe to explore.”
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Nur Hikmah Binte Aziz 
Graduated with Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education from NIEC (ITE)
Teacher at E-Bridge @ Corporation Drive

“I aim to continuously upskill myself professionally and provide children with equal learning opportunities and conducive environments to scaffold their learning.” 
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Prakash Ezekiel Kumaran 
Graduated with Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education from NIEC (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) 
Serving National Service (NS)

“I aspire to be an educator who takes the extra mile, while shaping children’s minds and honing their abilities to become competent and curious learners. I wish to also instil a love for learning in them, especially for the Tamil language.”
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Sara Kwok Qian Tong 
Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education from NIEC (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) 
Teacher at Rainbow Centre

“I hope to contribute to early intervention through supporting diverse learners, especially those of disadvantaged backgrounds and creating inclusive learning spaces that encourage exploration and experimentation.”
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Wong Ci Min Vanessa 
Graduated with Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education from NIEC (Temasek Polytechnic) 
Teacher at Leap Schoolhouse @ City Square Mall Pte Ltd

“I believe in the importance of fostering effective partnerships with families and creating meaningful environments for child-directed learning and exploration to nurture confident and creative children”.


Ceremony Photos
Download the photos for the ceremony here​. 

For those who wish to revisit the ceremony again, click here​ for the event highlights from Beanstalk Singapore.