You should be an early childhood educator if…

Preschool teacher with children

You love to interact with children.

Not a single day will be the same, as every child is unique. The joy of seeing their development and progress will motivate you to get out of bed every morning. 

Educarer with children

You want to make a difference and a lifelong impact.

As brain development occurs rapidly during the early years of life, early experiences form the foundation for all learning, health and behaviour that lasts into adulthood.

Preschool teacher with children

You want to grow professionally.

With the introduction of Skills Framework, opportunities abound for you to develop professionally through Continuing Professional Development courses, structured Professional Development Programmes, overseas study trips, and ECDA scholarships.

What's so attractive about the early childhood sector?


As the impact of early experiences go beyond the classroom, a career in early childhood provides meaning and purpose that cannot be easily found in other jobs.


Over the past three years, median salaries in early childhood have grown by around 15% and salary growth is expected to continue to outpace the general market.


There is a growing demand for early childhood services and a growing number of preschool centres, which equates to more employment opportunities and better job security.


With up to 13 types of occupations within a preschool, there are many paths one can take within the sector. You can also progress outside of a preschool setting to be a cluster supervisor, curriculum specialist, or even a lecturer.


The Government is committed to an annual spending of S$1.7 billion by 2022 to ensure a good start for every child and make early childhood a fulfilling and rewarding career.