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 and desired outcomes set out by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).
|VISIONING AND PLANNING
Demonstrate Understanding of the Centre’s Vision, Mission and Values (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
Apply Understanding of How Children (Birth to Age 8) Learn and Develop (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
• Theories of Development and Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
• Development in Early Childhood
• Young Children and Play Development
• Understanding Children with Special Needs
|INTERACTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Foster Trusting, Respectful Relationships with Children Through Positive Interactions With Them
Guide the Development and Enhancement of Self-Awareness; Self-Regulation, Social Awareness and Confidence in Children
|CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY
Apply Classroom Management Strategies, and Strategies to Observe and Document Children’s Learning
• Observing, Documenting and Assessing Young Children’s Development
• Classroom Management
Evaluate Teaching and Learning Approaches Aligned to Curriculum Frameworks
• Creating Curriculum for Young Children
• Programme for Toddlers
Inculcate the Core Values of Early Childhood Education Through Classroom Activities and Programmes (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
• 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 for Young Children
• Visual Arts Education for Early Childhood
• Fitness and Fun Movement for Children
• Technology in Early Childhood Education
Set up Quality Learning Environments (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
|HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION
Adhere to Health, Safety, Nutritional and Hygiene Standards and Procedures (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
|FAMILY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Establish Home-centre Partnerships (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
Engage in Collaborative Projects with Community Stakeholders (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
|PROFESSIONAL MASTERY, VALUES AND ETHICS
Engage in Continuous Learning and Reflective Practice (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
• Professional Development, Reflective Practice and Continuous Learning
• Effective Communication Skills: Writing, Speech and Presentation
Demonstrate Ethical Behaviour and Professionalism (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
|TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION
Collaborate With Colleagues to Foster Positive Workplace Relations (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
Engage in Centre Initiatives and Programmes
Supervised Teaching Practice
This course consist of:
- 900 classroom hours
- 300 practicum hours
Total: 1200 hours
- 16 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 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, students will be awarded the WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education.
Applicants should have:
- 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits, including a credit at least C6 in EL1* OR
- 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits and English Language Acceptable Alternatives*
- 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 recognised university+ OR
- Degree not in English as the medium of instruction from state-recognised 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.
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.