The WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years course is designed to prepare early years educarers in the care, guidance and education of infants and toddlers (2 months – 36 months old).

The course aims to enable students to:

  •  Gain understanding of the guiding principles, outcomes and suboutcomes of the Early Years Development Framework
  • Develop understanding of the needs and development phases of infants and toddlers (2 to 36 months old)
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in setting up appropriate learning environments, and planning programme for infants and toddlers in center-based settings
  • Attain knowledge of the importance of health, safety, first-aid and nutrition
  • Develop understanding of the important roles and responsibilities in the care and development of infants and toddlers
  • Acquire skills to engage in reflective practices
Modules Duration
Module 1

  • Demonstrate Understanding of the Centre’s Vision; Mission and Values (Infant/Toddler Educarer; Beginning Educarer)
Module 2

  • Assist in Integrating Respectfulness; Responsiveness and Reciprocity within the Curriculum
  • Display Sensitivity to Each Child’s Needs (Within a Group Setting) through Respectful; Responsive and Reciprocal Interactions and Relationships with Children
  • Support Children’s Development of Secure Attachments through Warm; Consistent and Nurturing Care-giving (Infant/Toddler Educarer; Beginning Educarer)
Module 3

  • Identify How Children (Birth to Age 3) Learn and Develop
Module 4

  • Assist in Observation and Documentation of Children’s Learning

Module 5

  • Assist in Planning and Implementing of Developmentally Appropriate Teaching; Learning and Caregiving Approaches Aligned to Curriculum Frameworks
Module 6

  • Assist in Setting Up Quality Learning Environments
Module 7

  • Adhere to Health; Safety; Nutritional and Hygiene Standards and Procedures (Infant/Toddler Educarer; Beginning Educarer)
Module 8

  • Facilitate the Continuity of Care and Education between the Home and Centre

Module 9

  • Engage in Partnerships and Collaborations with Community Stakeholders
Module 10

  • Engage in Continuous Learning and Reflective Practice (Infant/Toddler Educarer; Beginning Educarer)

Module 11

  • Commit to Uphold the Professionalism of the ECCE Sector
Module 12

  • Collaborate with Colleagues to Foster Positive Workplace Relations (Infant/Toddler Educarer; Beginning Educarer)
Module 13

  • Supervised Practicum

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This course consist of:

  • 400 classroom hours
  • 200 practicum hours

Total: 600 hours


  • 10 months (Full-time)
  • 16 months (Part-time)

Applicants should have:

Local Singapore Qualifications
• Completed at least Secondary Four education*; AND
• At least an average SOA 5 in the WPL series, including an SOA 5 for WPL – Writing.

Non-Local Singapore Qualifications
• Completed at least 10 years of formal education*; AND
• At least an average SOA 5 in the WPL series, including an SOA 5 for WPL – Writing.
*Official documents from institution are required to show completion of 10 years of education.


Alternate Entry

  • At least 1 year of relevant working experience related to the course; AND
  • Completed the Relief Staff Programme (RSP)/Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (FECCE)/WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care (WSQ HCIC)/Certificate in Infant Toddler Care and Development (CITC) /Certified EY1+ /Allied Infant Educarer (AIE) Programme
  • Holds a strong recommendation letter from the trainee’s centre
  • Pass a written test and interview administered by KLCII
    +EY1 teachers are required to submit a copy of their Letter of Notification (LON) issued by ECDA.

Students enrolling to the WSQ ACEY programme under the “Alternate Entry” route MUST COMPLETE AND PASS 2 pre-requisite modules before proceeding on to complete the remainder of the programme.

The pre-requisite modules are:
1) Module 3 – Identify How Children (Birth to Age 3) Learn and Develop
2) Module 4 – Assist in Observation and Documentation of Children’s Learning


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

Note: Some projects will include practical tasks such as observation of children and implementing activities in Early Childhood classroom settings.

Award of Certificate

Upon successful completion of coursework and practicum, and a minimum of 80 % attendance, trainees will be awarded the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years.

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 ( to choose from the courses available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory

Place-and-Train (PnT) for Educarers

The programme operates in the Place-and-Train mode where ECDA-licensed Childcare Centres 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 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 for more than 6 months from date of course registration

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

The following components name Course Fee
Full course fee (without 7% GST) $7,400.00

$7,050 (for students with existing EYDF certification)

SSG grant* $6,660.00/ $6,345.00
Nett course fee $740.00/ $705.00
7% GST on nett course fee $51.80/$49.35
Total nett course fee payable, including GST $791.80/ $754.35
Additional funding if eligible under Workfare Training Support (WTS)^ $340.00/ $352.50
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding from WTS^ $451.80/ $401.85

Note: All fees stated above are applicable for self-fund applicants only.
For company -sponsored applicants, KLCII will bill companies based on 70%/90% SSG funding, and any additional schemes that employees are applicable for (e.g. WTS, ETSS for SMEs, MCES) will need to be claimed separately by employers directly via SkillsConnect.

All fees stated are inclusive of prevailing GST and are in Singapore dollars. Students are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $85.60 upon course sign-up.

  • *Course fee funding available for Singaporeans/PRs
  • ^Course fee funding of WTS available for Singaporeans aged 35 years old & above + earning $2,000 & below per month
  • #For company-sponsored applicants, Enhanced Training Support for SMEs funding can be applied through
  • For companies that meet the eligibility requirements, absentee payroll capped at $4.50/hr based on classroom hours can be claimed through the SkillsConnect system (
  • NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP** (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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