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Research has shown that the early years of young children have a strong influence in their achievements in the later years. With the increasing amount of time young children spent in preschools, it is vital that preschool and kindergarten teachers be trained in both teaching pedagogical skills and in understanding of growth and development of young children.

This 1200 hour course is specially designed for preschool and kindergarten teachers to improve their teaching skills and knowledge of young children.

The Course aims to:

  • Enable students to transfer education philosophies and child development theories into developmentally appropriate experiences
  • Enable students to be skilful in their role of observation and application of knowledge of child development
  • Present students with a variety of approaches and strategies which facilitate the development of appropriate curriculum
  • Enable students to develop interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with fellow colleagues, parents and other professionals in the community
  • Help students design, implement and evaluate learning environments and classroom activities.
Modules Duration

Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Education in Singapore and Historical Perspectives

Early Childhood Development Studies

  • Development in Infancy , Toddlerhood and Early Childhood
  • Observing, Documenting and Assessing Young Children’s Development
  • Young Children and Play Development
  • Understanding Young Children with Special Needs

Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Young Children’s Language and Literacy Education
  • Young Children and Mathematics Education
  • Discovery of the World: Science for young Children
  • Music Education and Movement for Young Children
  • Arts Education for Early Childhood
  • Fitness; Health and Wellness in Early Childhood
  • Self and Social Awareness
  • Technology in Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum for Young Children
  • Classroom and Behaviour Management
  • Creating Learning Spaces for Young Children
  • Programme for Infants and Toddlers

Personal Growth and Professional Development

  • The Teacher’s Professional Growth and Conduct
  • Personal Growth: Developing Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Safety, Health and Nutrition

  • Young Children’s Safety; Health and Nutrition

Working with Families

  • Working with Families; Schools and The Community

Teaching Practice

  • Teaching Practice

Click here for our lecturers list.

This course consist of:

  • 900 classroom hours
  • 300 practicum hours

Total: 1200 hours


  • 20 months (Full-time)


A range of individual and group projects, quizzes, presentations, role-plays and practicum.

Note: Some projects will include practical tasks such as implementing activities in an Early Childhood classroom settings.

Award of Certificate

Upon successful completion of coursework and practicum, and a minimum of 80% attendance, students will be awarded the International Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education issued by KLC International Institute, Singapore.

  • At least 17 years old; AND
  • Minimum 12 years of formal education; OR
  • GCE A-level (minimum 2 credits), IB Diploma, or other equivalent pre-university certifications; OR
  • Polytechnic diploma or equivalent

Language Requirement

  • GCE O-level C6 grade in English Language; OR
  • IELTS 5.5 or other equivalents
Course Fees $15,530.40

All fees stated are inclusive of prevailing GST and are in Singapore dollars.
Students are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $291.60 upon course sign-up.
Medical insurance coverage of $$71.28 (per year) is mandatory for international students.


  • Student pass holders are not permitted to engage in any form of employment or attend an industrial attachment/internship programme, whether paid or unpaid, without a valid work pass issued by Ministry of Manpower.
  • This course has not been accredited by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), the effect of which is that the course will not be recognised as a professional qualification required for the registration of pre-school teachers in Singapore. This condition will be in effect until such time that the PEI provides evidence to CPE that the course has been officially accredited by ECDA.

Course fees are subjected to changes without prior notice. For a full schedule of the miscellaneous fees, please click here.