Educarer Educarer

The educarer works with young children aged between 2 months and 4 years. Educarers are primarily responsible for creating a safe environment for the young ones to discover their potential. Besides teaching and carrying out play activities with these children, they also manage routine care.

Assistant Educarer:
Assist educarers with children aged 18 months to 4 years old
Infant Educarer:
Work with children aged 2 to 18 months old
Infant and Toddler Educarer:
Work with children aged 2 months to 3 years old
Educarer:
Work with children aged 18 months to 4 years old
salary rangeStarting salary range:
$1,800 - $2,100

Educarer Teacher

The preschool teacher, or more commonly known as a kindergarten or childcare teacher, works with children aged 18 months to 6 years old. Preschool teachers enrich children’s learning by carrying out a curriculum that prioritises aesthetics and creative expression, discovery of the world, language and literacy, motor skills development, numeracy, social and emotional development.

Assistant Preschool Teacher:
Assist preschool teachers with children aged 5 to 6 years old
Preschool Teacher:
Work with children aged 18 months to 6 years old
salary rangeStarting salary range:
S$2,200 – $3,000

Childcare centre

This is a general guide. Timetables differ from centre to centre.

Health check-up and breakfast
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7 - 9am:
Health checks and breakfast

Ensure all children who enter childcare are healthy, and proceed to feed them breakfast to get them energised for the day.

Outdoor play, Lessons
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9am – 11.30am:
Outdoor learning / Lessons

Bring children outdoors to develop their gross-motor and social skills. Teach the children about numeracy, literacy, and creative expression.

Shower
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11.30 – 12pm:
Shower

Shower the children and diaper toddlers. Keep an eye out for their health and safety.

Lunch time
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12 – 1pm:
Lunch time

Provide children with a nutritious lunch and teach them the importance of a balanced diet.

Nap time
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1 – 3pm:
Nap time

Prepare children for naps so that they can recharge for the day ahead. This could mean playing soothing music to them or preparing milk for younger children.

Play time, Lessons
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3 – 7pm:
Play time / Lessons

Engage children in free play to enable creative expression and social development, or conduct story-telling sessions to enhance language appreciation.

Your work day ends at 7pm, when their parents arrive to pick the children up.

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Typically 2 months to 6 years old
clock icon Operating hours:
7am – 7pm, with educators taking shifts
clock icon School term:
Throughout the year with 6 centre closure days in a year

Kindergarten

This is a general guide. Timetables differ from centre to centre.

Health checks and breakfast
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8 – 8.30am
Health checks and breakfast (1st session)

Check that all children who enter are healthy. Nourish them with breakfast to get them energised for the day.

Learning corners
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8.30 – 9.30am
Learning corners

Set up learning corners which allows children to select the activities they would like to engage in, observe how they learn and guide them along.

Outdoor play
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9.30 – 10am
Outdoor learning

Bring children outdoors to develop their gross-motor and social skills. Have fun with the children, but keep an eye out for their safety too.

Lessons
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10 - 11am:
Lessons

Teach children about numeracy, literacy, and creative expression.

Prepare for dismissal
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11 – 11.30am:
Prepare for dismissal

Prepare children from the 1st session for dismissal, and receive children from the 2nd session.

Lunch time
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11.30am - 2.30pm:
2nd session

The next session begins with lunch. Provide children with a nutritious lunch and conduct similar activities as session 1.

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Typically 3 to 6 years old
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8am – 3pm, which includes 2 separate sessions
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10 weeks per term for 4 terms, with Mar, Jun, Sep and Dec holidays

No matter where your career is right now, we all have to start somewhere.

With the right qualifications and competencies, you will find that there are many professional development, career development and leadership opportunities available for you.

Aside from career progression within a preschool centre (as shown in the chart), you can also expect opportunities outside of this environment. You could be a cluster supervisor, quality assurance specialist, curriculum specialist at a preschool headquarter, lecturer at institutes of higher learning, and many more!

Career paths in early childhood Career paths in early childhood

You can be a Preschool Teacher after you complete one of these courses:

Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (Conversion)

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (9 to 13 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Child Care)

Training Institution(s):
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (12 to 13 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education - Chinese

Training Institution(s):
Asian International College
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (16 to 18 months)
Full-time (18 to 20 months)
Part-time (30 to 33 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.
Note: Place-and-Train mode is only available at NIEC (SEED Institute) and KLC International institute.

Diploma in Chinese Studies (Early Childhood Teaching)

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (18 to 30 months)
Part-time (18 to 30 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Infant and Toddler Educarer after completing one of these courses:

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre
Asian International College​
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 to 10 months)
Full-time (8 to 10 months)
Part-time (14 to 16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (10 months)
Full-time (10 months)
Part-time (16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 months)
Part-time (8 to 14 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be a Preschool Teacher after you complete one of these courses:

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor

Training Institution(s):
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 to 4 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (University)

WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education - Chinese

Training Institution(s):
Asian International College
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (16 to 18 months)
Full-time (18 to 20 months)
Part-time (30 to 33 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.
Note: Place-and-Train mode is only available at NIEC (SEED Institute) and KLC International Institute.

Diploma in Chinese Studies (Early Childhood Teaching)

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (18 months)
Part-time (18 to 30 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Infant and Toddler Educarer after completing one of these courses:

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre
Asian International College​
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 to 10 months)
Full-time (8 to 10 months)
Part-time (14 to 16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (10 months)
Full-time (10 months)
Part-time (16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 months)
Part-time (8 to 14 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be a Preschool Teacher after you complete one of these courses:

WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

Training Institution(s):
Asian International College
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (16 to 18 months)
Full-time (18 to 20 months)
Part-time (30 to 33 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.
Note: Place-and-Train mode is only available at NIEC (SEED Institute) and KLC International Institute.

Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (18 months)
Part-time (18 to 30 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education - Chinese

Training Institution(s):
Asian International College
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (16 to 18 months)
Full-time (18 to 20 months)
Part-time (30 to 33 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Diploma in Chinese Studies

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (3 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (Polytechnic)

Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
NEIC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (18 months)
Part-time (18 to 30 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Infant and Toddler Educarer after completing one of these courses:

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre 
Asian International College​
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 to 10 months)
Full-time (8 to 10 months)
Part-time (14 to 16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (10 months)
Full-time (10 months)
Part-time (16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 months)
Full-time (8 to 14 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Educarer or Assistant Preschool Teacher after you complete one of these courses:

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

Training Institution(s):
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (13 to 14 months)
Full-time (13 to 14 months)
Part-time (24 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education

Training Institution(s):
​NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (2 years)
Intake:
1 intake per year
Support available:
ECDA Training Award (ITE)

Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (13 months)
Part-time (13 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Infant and Toddler Educarer after completing one of these courses:

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre 
Asian International College​
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 to 10 months)
Full-time (8 to 10 months)
Part-time (14 to 16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (10 months)
Full-time (10 months)
Part-time (16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 months)
Part-time (8 to 14 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Infant and Toddler Educarer after completing one of these courses:

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre 
Asian International College​
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 to 10 months)
Full-time (8 to 10 months)
Part-time (14 to 16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (10 months)
Full-time (10 months)
Part-time (16 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Training Institution(s):
NIEC
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (8 months)
Part-time (8 to 14 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 90% funding of course fees is available. Other funding support and financial assistance schemes may also be offered. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Assistant Educarer after completing one of these courses:

Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

Training Institution(s):
Advent Links – SAUC Education Centre
Asian International College
Association for Early Childhood Educators, Singapore
Champion Mindset Academy
KLC International Institute
MMI Academy
Nanyang Institute of Management
Raffles Skills Lab International Training Centre
St Andrew’s Centre for Early Childhood Education
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (2 to 3 months)
Part-time (4 to 7 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
Asian International College
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Full-time (2 to 3 months)
Part-time (4 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

You can be an Infant Educarer after completing one of these courses:

WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care

Training Institution(s):
Advent Links - SAUC Education Centre
Asian International College
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (4 to 5 months)
Full-time (4 to 5 months)
Part-time (8 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.

WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care (Chinese)

Training Institution(s):
Asian International College
KLC International Institute
Mode and Duration:
Place-and-Train (4 to 5 months) Full-time (4 to 5 months)
Part-time (8 months)
Intake:
Various intakes throughout the year
Support available:
Up to 95% funding of course fees is available. For more details, please contact the training institution.