Why be an educator?

Reasons to join early childhood, Career progression, Salaries, Development opportunities, Fulfilling career, Early childhood educator

You should be an early childhood educator if…


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.


You want to make 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.


You want to grow professionally.

Opportunities abound for you to develop through Professional Development Programmes, Continuing Professional Development courses, ECDA Scholarships and more!

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.


Median salaries in early childhood have been growing at a rate that outpaces the general market. This trend is expected to continue in the next few years as the sector expands.


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.

Develop and upskill your career


The ECDA Training Award is offered to students undergoing full time early childhood courses who are passionate about working with children and plan to have a career in the early childhood sector.

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The CPD Prospectus provides a list of CPD courses which in-service educators can sign up for via ONE@ECDA.

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The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is a structured 3-year programme designed to support educarers, teachers and leaders in their professional development journey.

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The ECDA Scholarship nurtures and supports outstanding and deserving in-service EC educators in their academic pursuits as they strive for professional mastery.

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The ECDA Fellows Programme is offered to pinnacle leaders in the EC profession to provide opportunities for them to develop their career, fulfil their aspirations and uplift the quality of the sector.

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The Early Childhood (EC) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Roadmap is a guide for EC Educators to chart out your personal professional development plan.
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The Skills Framework (SFw) For Early Childhood (EC) is to equip individuals to make informed decisions after career choices, as well as take responsibility for skills upgrading and career planning.
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The Leadership Development Framework (LDF) guides the holistic development of leaders in the EC sector
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Through teaching, we can change the world one child at a time.