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    06 OCT 2018

    HALF OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SECTOR NOW CERTIFIED UNDER THE SINGAPORE PRESCHOOL ACCREDITATION FRAMEWORK (SPARK)


    As of October 2018, 880 or 50% of preschools island-wide are SPARK-certified by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), up from 770 or 40% of preschool last year. 152 preschools received either their first or second SPARK certificates today from Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Ms Low Yen Ling at the ECDA Early Childhood Conference 2018. Nine of these centres received the SPARK Commendation.



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    05 OCT 2018

    THREE-YEAR NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PROFILE THE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSION; ENHANCED TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGE TEACHING IN PRESCHOOLS


    1. New initiatives to raise the profile of early childhood educators and enhance the training and support for Mother Tongue Language (MTL) teaching in preschools were announced today by the Minister for Social and Family Development (MSF), Mr Desmond Lee, at the Early Childhood Conference 2018.



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    02 OCT 2018

    ECDA Awards 2018 Recipients Inspire Professional Excellence and Innovation in Early Childhood Sector


    1 Eighteen dedicated early childhood educators and preschools will receive the ECDA Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development from Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development on Friday, 5 October 2018 at the Early Childhood Conference. In line with this year’s conference theme “Nurturing Young Minds: Building Strong Foundations”, these educators and preschools have been chosen because of their commitment to holistic development of our children through exempl...



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    11 JUL 2018

    PILOT PROGRAMME TO BRING NEW LEARNING APPROACH TO PRESCHOOLS


    The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), in collaboration with Temasek Foundation Cares, will pilot an initiative in selected preschools, which will see teachers being trained to apply teaching and learning strategies under the Abecedarian Approach (AA) in the classroom. The three-year pilot, named the “Temasek Foundation Cares – ABCD (Abecedarian Based Child Development) KidsProgramme”, aims to better support the early development of infants and toddlers from low-income families in thes...



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    12 APR 2018

    OVER 670 PRESCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN START SMALL DREAM BIG 2018


    This year, the Early Childhood Development Agency launches the fourth edition of “Start Small Dream Big”, a President’s Challenge Initiative. Some 39,000 children from over 670 preschools are joining the movement, almost five times the number of children and preschools that participated in the inaugural run of the initiative in 2015. “Start Small Dream Big” encourages our pre-schoolers to make volunteerism a way of life.



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    05 APR 2018

    GOVERNMENT TO SET ASIDE OVER $5 MILLION IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO DEVELOP LEADERS IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SECTOR


    The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) appointed the first batch of 181 participants for the Professional Development Programme (PDP) for Leaders. ECDA also appointed 8 new ECDA Fellows and re-appointed all 14 ECDA Fellows from the pioneer batch in 2015. These 22 pinnacle leaders will work with ECDA to champion quality improvements and professional growth of leaders in the early childhood sector. Over $5 million will be set aside in the next three years to develop leaders in the early chi...



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    07 MAR 2018

    TRANSFORMING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SECTOR TO GIVE EVERY CHILD A GOOD START IN LIFE​


    At the 2018 Committee of Supply debates, the Ministry of Social and Family Development announced new initiatives to transform the early childhood sector to better support young families with children, and to give every child a good start in life. These measures will uplift the early childhood profession and build on the plans announced at the National Day Rally in 2017 to enhance the accessibility, affordability and quality of early childhood services (see Annex A for details).



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    07 OCT 2017

    PRE-SCHOOLERS RAISE HIGHEST AMOUNT IN THREE YEARS FOR PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE “START SMALL DREAM BIG”


    More than 34,000 pre-school children from over 550 preschool centres have raised over $200,000 in cash donations for the President’s Challenge beneficiaries and other community organisations as part of this year’s “Start Small, Dream Big” (SSDB) initiative. This is the highest amount raised so far, in the three years since the movement was initiated. President’s Challenge beneficiary organisations supported by the preschools include Singapore Cancer Society, Community Chest, Singapore Associatio...



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    06 OCT 2017

    NEW INITIATIVES TO GROOM LEADERS AND UPLIFT QUALITY IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SECTOR


    A new Professional Development Programme (PDP) for Leaders, a fresh call for pinnacle leaders for the early childhood sector, and the launch of a guide for Educarers were among the key announcements made by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Desmond Lee, at the Early Childhood Conference 2017. An annual event organised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), the conference was attended by over 1,200 preschool educators this year. The theme for this year’s Conference was “In...



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    06 OCT 2017

    40% OF PRESCHOOLS NOW CERTIFIED UNDER SINGAPORE PRESCHOOL ACCREDITATION FRAMEWORK (SPARK)


    A new Professional Development Programme (PDP) for Leaders, a fresh call for pinnacle leaders for the early childhood sector, and the launch of a guide for Educarers were among the key announcements made by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Desmond Lee, at the Early Childhood Conference 2017. An annual event organised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), the conference was attended by over 1,200 preschool educators this year. The theme for this year’s Conference was “In...



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