WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Provided by SEED Institute (An NTUC Training Institute)


Course introduction

Introduction


1. Provides educarers with an overview of the history and theories behind early childhood care and education, as well as an understanding of the various domains and stages of development for children from birth to 3 years. These must be portrayed in the context of the work experience of local educarers to help them reflect, assess and improve their current practices.

2. Enable educarers to have a more in-depth understanding of the guiding principles, outcomes and sub-outcomes of the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF).

3. Enable educarers to apply and implement the suggested practices stated in the EYDF in their work with young children and families.

4. Equip eudcarers with necessary skills and practical knowledge to plan and implement programmes, curriculum and environments for the following age groups:

- Infants (2 to 18 months)
- Toddlers (Above 18 to 30 months)
- Nursery children (Above 30 to 36 months)

5. Equip educarers with the skills to engage in reflective practice.

6. Equip educarers with relevant skills to work collaboratively with colleagues, parents and families, as well as key stakeholders in the community to support children's care, learning and development.


Structure

The full time and part time course duration are 8 months and 14 months respectively. Students are also required to complete 399 classroom hours and 201 practicum hours.


NOTE:
For part time courses, students are strongly encouraged to satisfy a Minimum Service Period ("MSP") of 6 month by working in the Early Childhood Sector upon course completion.



**NEW!** Place-and-Train mode (for company sponsored applicants, full time intakes only)

Training Hours: 399 hours

Centre Attachment Hours: 201 hours

Total Course Hours: 600 hours (8 months FULL TIME)


Note: Applicants for the Place-and-Train mode must be empolyed by an ECDA-licensed childcare centre as trainee teachers for no longer than 6 months.


Assessment

A range of assessment task will be utilized that relate to the diverse individual and team-based conceptual and problem solving tasks typcially encountered in the pre-school environment. All modules will be assessed throughout the duration of the course. Each module requires either a written examination and/or a classroom assignment (individual and/or group).

Candidates must score at least 50% in each area of assessment to successfully complete the course. If a candidate fails in any module, he/she is allowed one supplementary examination. After which, the candidate is expected to repeat the module.

Part-time students will have to find their own practicum centres (at registered hildcare centres) when they have recieved the letter of acceptance from SEED Institute.

  • Listing of Childcare centres registered under MSF: http://childcarelink.gov.sg/ccls/home/ChdCccSrch.jsp
Applicants can try approaching the principals/supervisors to seek approval in doing practicum at their centres. Please note that practicum cannot be done in Playgroup, enrichment centres, tuition centres and international schools.



Curriculum Overview


Programme Structure


Module Title Duration
Introduction to Early Years 3 hours
Adopt the Early Years Development Framework for use in a centre-based childcare setting for children afed two months through thre years 16 hours
Apply basic health, hygiene, safety and nutrition practices for children 0-8 years 30 hours
Implement procedures and respond to illness, accidents and emergencies 30 hours
Apply child development theories to provides holictic care and education for children from birth to three years 45 hours
Apply strategies to support children's development from birth to three years 30 hours
Plan and implement holistic experiences for the development of children from birth to three years 85 hours
Plan and implement daily routines/schedules which are responsive to the needs of chilren from birth to three years 30 years
Communicate with parents, family members and significant others 35 hours
Develop self awareness and understand the impact on others of own actions 30 hours
Work collaboratively with other professionals 30 hours
Support and participate in planning of community engagement 35 hours
Supervised Field Practicum 201 hours



Entry Requirements


Based on the Early Childhood Training Accreditation Committee (ECTAC) accreditation standards with effect from 1 May 2016, applicants must be: 

  • At least successfully completed Secondary 4 education or completed 10 years of formal education AND
  • At least average SOA 5 in the WPL series, including SOA 5 for WPL (Written) *

* This only applies to applicants who do not possess a credit in GCE 'O' level EL1 or acceptable alternatives .

HEALTH CLEARANCE Requirement: Please refer to the following link under childcare link for health clearance requirement:

http://www.childcarelink.gov.sg/ccls/uploads/CCC_Guide.pdf



Fees & Funding


Funding / Grants
  • Skillsfuture Credit

Applicants without EYDF & RSP qualifications

  No Funding WDA 90% Mid-Career 90% WTS 95%
Full course fee $8,160.00 $8,160.00 $8,160.00 $8,160.00
WDA grant $0.00 $7,344.00 $7,344.00 $7,344.00
Nett course fee $8,160.00 $816.00 $816.00 $816.00
7% GST on nett course fee $571.20 $57.12 $57.12 $57.12
Total nett course fee payable, including GST $8,731.20 $873.12 $873.12 $873.12
Additional funding $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $408.00
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding $8,731.20 $873.12 $873.12 465.12


Applicants with EYDF qualification

  No Funding WDA 90% Mid-Career 90% WTS 95%
Full course fee $7,810.00 $7,810.00 $7,810.00 $7,810.00
WDA grant $0.00 $7,029.00 $7,029.00 $7,029.00
Nett course fee $7,810.00 $781.00 $781.00 $781.00
7% GST on nett course fee $546.70 $54.67 $54.67 $54.67
Total nett course fee payable, including GST $8,356.70 $835.67 $835.67 $835.67
Additional funding $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $390.50
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding $8,356.70 $835.67 $835.67 $835.67


Applicants with RSP qualification

  No Funding WDA 90% Mid-Career 90% WTS 95%
Full course fee $7,509.17 $7,509.17 $7,509.17 $7,509.17
WDA grant $0.00 $6,758.25 $6,758.25 $6,758.25
Nett course fee $7,509.17 $750.92 $750.92 $750.92
7% GST on nett course fee $525.64 $52.56 $52.56 $52.56
Total nett course fee payable, including GST $8,034.81 $803.48 $803.48 $803.48
Additional funding $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $375.46
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding $8,034.81 $803.48 $803.48 428.02


Applicants with EYDF & RSP qualifications

  No Funding WDA 90% Mid-Career 90% WTS 95%
Full course fee $7,159.17 $7,159.17 $7,159.17 $7,159.17
WDA grant $0.00 $6,443.25 $6,443.25 $6,443.25
Nett course fee $7,159.17 $715.92 $715.92 $715.92
7% GST on nett course fee $501.14 $50.11 $50.11 $50.11
Total nett course fee payable, including GST $7,660.31 $766.03 $766.03 $766.03
Additional funding $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $357.96
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding $7,660.31 $766.03 $766.03 $408.27



No funding : Full fees applicable for Non Singaporeans and/or Permanent Residents
WDA funding : Applicable to Singaporeans and/or Permanent Residents only
Mid-Career Enahnced Subsidy : Appliable for Singaporeans, aged 40 years & above only
WTS Scheme : Applicable for empolyed Singaporean, aged 35 years & above with monthly salary of $2,000 or below only.



From 1 Aug 2015, child care centres participating in the Place-and-Train mode (Full Time intakes only) will recieved Salary Support of the following:
  • 70% of monthly salary, capped at $4,000/mth per eligible trainee

Self-sponsored applicants who are NTUC members enjoy UTAP funding of up to 50% claim on unfunded programme fee capped at $250 per year.
Prevailing terms & conditiond apply.


 

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