Due to a transition to the new Skills Framework (SF) for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), we are no longer recruiting new intakes for this programme. Please refer to this link for information on the new WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education.

The WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education is a holistic educational programme which integrates child development theories into practice, and prepares trainees to work in the early childhood industry or related fields. Students will learn a variety of educational approaches and the emphasis on creative movement and communication skills would be added assets in their work with children and families.

  • Enable students to transfer education philosophies and child development theories into practices which provide wide-ranging, multimedia and developmentally appropriate experiences for young children
  • Enable students to be skillful in their role of observation and application of knowledge of child development, in order to design a learning environment that meets the needs of each individual child
  • Present students with a variety of approaches and strategies which facilitate a creative and developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children
  • 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 based on the Pre-school education curriculum framework/goals and desired outcomes
Modules Duration

Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Education in Singapore and Historical Perspectives

Early Childhood Development Studies

  • Development in Infancy And Toddlerhood
  • Development in Early Childhood Ages 3-6
  • Development in Middle Childhood and Transition
  • Observing, Documenting and Assessing Young Children’s Development
  • Young Children and Play Development
  • Understanding Young Children with Special Needs

Curriculum Studies and Pedagogy

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

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 & Nutrition

Families and The Community

  • Working with Families, School & The Community

Supervised Teaching Practicum


Click here for our lecturers list.

This course consist of:

  • 900 classroom hours
  • 300 practicum hours

Total: 1200 hours


  • 20 months (Full-time)
  • 30 months (Part-time)
  • 16 months (Place-&-Train)


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 WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Applicants should have:

Local Qualifications

  • 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits, including a credit at least C6 in EL1* OR
  • 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits and English Language Acceptable Alternatives*

Foreign Qualifications

  • 10 years of formal education in English and passed state exam with credits in 5 different subjects including a credit at least a C6* in GCE ‘O’ level EL1 or English Language Acceptable Alternatives* OR
  • 10 years of formal education not in English and passed state exam with credits in 5 different subjects and at least a B4 in GCE ‘O’ level EL1 or English Language Acceptable Alternatives* OR
  • Degree with English as medium of instruction from state recognized university+ OR
  • Degree not in English as the medium of instruction from state-recognized university+ and at least a B4 in GCE ‘O’ level EL1 or English Language Acceptable Alternatives*

+This applies to applicants with state-recognised PhD/Master degree with English as the medium of instruction.
*Applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL1 are given 2 years from the point of teacher registration to obtain either a B4 or any acceptable alternatives.

Please click here for the list of English Language Acceptable Alternatives.

SkillsFuture Credit

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory.

Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Pre-School Teachers

The PCP operates in the Place-and-Train mode where ECDA-licensed Childcare Centres/ECDA-registered Kindergartens will employ trainees before commencement of the Programme. Successful trainees under this programme will receive a course sponsorship and monthly salary from employer, and are required to work at their place of employment and attend classes at KLCII during the full duration of the programme. As trainees are company sponsored, trainees are required to undertake a bond with their employers.

To qualify, trainees must:

  • Meet the minimum entry requirements as stated above
  • Be a new entrant to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in Singapore
  • Not have worked at an ECDA-licensed Childcare Centre/ECDA-registered Kindergarten for more than 6 months from date of course registration

Note: This programme is applicable to Singaporeans & Singapore PRs only.