The WSQ Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (WSQ SDECCE) is specially designed to equip leaders of preschool centres with the skills necessary for planning and implementing preschool curriculum and management of centre.

The course also equip senior personnel with the knowledge and practice in leadership and management, research methods and pedagogy.

  • Demonstrate awareness of issues pertaining to government guidelines and curriculum implementation in pre-school education
  • Demonstrate awareness of issues and research in pre-school education
  • Perform simple action research skills
  • Observe, evaluate and appraise teacher-effectiveness in providing for a creative learning environment, and thereafter mentor fellow-teachers
  • Manage and supervise early childhood centres in such a way as to promote effective learning programmes, encourage teamwork among staff and collaboration with parents
  • Efficiently manage and administer pre-school centres
Modules Duration
Current issues and Research in Early Childhood Care and Education

  • Current Trends, Issues and Research in Early Childhood Education
  • Issues in Special Education
Designing the Early Childhood Care & Education Curriculum 

  • Designing Curriculum for Diversity
  • Planning for Learning in Cooperative and Integrated Contexts
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Contexts
  • Managing Educational Resources to Support Learning
Understanding and Implementing Action Research in Early Childhood Care and Education 

  • Action Research Project
Leadership, Management and Administration in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings

  • Early Childhood Leadership and Management
  • Staff Development and Supervision
  • Effective Mentoring in Early Childhood Organisations
  • Programme Management and Administration
  • Financial Planning and Management in Early Childhood Contexts
Professional Development

  • Effective Communication for Leaders
Partnership with Families and the Community

  • Partnership with Families and the Community
Leadership Practicum  200hrs
Total Hours 850hrs

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This course consist of:

  • 650 classroom hours
  • 200 practicum hours

Total: 850 hours


  • 14 months (Full-time)
  • 24 months (Part-time)


A range of assessments in the form of group projects, assignments, literature review & practicum.

Award of Certificate

Upon successful completion of coursework and practicum, and a minimum of 80% attendance, students will be awarded the WSQ Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (WSQ SDECCE).

Applicants should have:

  • 5 GCE “O” Level credits including a credit in EL1 or Acceptable equivalent*; AND
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education/Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

*For those 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.

70% SSG Funding*/
SDF Funding#
95% WTS Funding^ SDF Funding (SME 90%)#
Singaporeans & PRs Singaporeans Singaporeans
Course Fees $10,892.60 $10,892.60 $10,892.60
Nett Course Fees (after funding) $3,267.78 $722.78 $1,089.26
Admin Fees $160.50 $160.50 $160.50
Total Fees payable (after funding) $3,428.28 $883.28 $1,249.76

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 of 70% available for qualified Singaporeans/PRs.
  • ^Course fee funding of 95% (WTS scheme) available for Singaporeans aged 35 years old & above earning $2,000 & below per month.
  • #For company-sponsored applicants, SDF 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 (

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

WSQ Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education → Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education → Master Degree in Early Childhood Education