WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

Provided by SEED Institute - One of the National Institute of Early Childhood Development’s (NIEC) Campuses from 2019 新苗师范学院 - 将于2019年起隶属国立幼儿培育教育学院

Course introduction


Previously known as Certififcate in Early Childhood Care & Education*
Course title ceased with effect from 1 Oct 2014*

This course is equivalent to the Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education under Early Childhood Training Accreditation Committee (ECTAC) guidelines. The WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education course is an 800-hour programme specially designed for staff working with pre-schoolers to expand their specific teaching skills and knowledge required for both kindergartens and childcare settings. Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be awarded with a certificate from SEED Institute.

They will also be awarded the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education.

About Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ)

WSQ, or the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications, is a national credentialing system that trains, develops, assesses and recognises adult workers for competencies they need to stay empolyable. Based on standard developed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and various industry partners, WSQ ensures workers acquire skills needed by empolyers at the workplace. With clear progression pathways, workers can also use WSQ to upgrade their skills and advance in their careers. The quality of WSQ is assured by EDA, from the development of competency standards, accreditation of training providers to the award of its qualifications.


  • Provide trainees with an understanding of early childhood education and child development, as presented in the context of the trainee's work experience in Singapore.
  • Present trainees with skills and practical knowledge to facilitate lesson-planning
  • Stimulate and bring trainee's attendtion to the important aspects and value of their work in relation to their contribution to the future of the Singapore society
  • Inform trainees of the collaborate with fellow colleagues, parents and other professionals in supporting children's cognitive and affective development
  • Enable Trainees to collaborate with fellow colleagues, parents and other professionals in supporting children's cognitive and affective development


The part time course duration is about 24 months. Students are also required to complete 560 classroom hours and 240 practicum hours.


A range of assessment tasks will be utilized that relate to the diverse individual and team-based conceptual and problem solving tasks typically 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.

The WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (ACECCE-AEP) certificate will be awarded to candidates who successfully complete all the modules in the course and obtain 80% attendance per module.

Part-time students will have to find their own practicum centres (at registered childcare centres) when they have received the letter of acceptance from SEED Institute.
  • Listing of Childcare centres registered under MSF:
  • Listing of Kindergartens registered under MOE:

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
Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education 20 Hours
Human Growth and Development, 0-8 Years 39 Hours
Observation and Assessment 21 Hours
Play and its Role in Children's Development 27 Hours
Guiding and Managing Behaviour 21 Hours
Children with Special Needs 20 Hours
Creativity and the Young Child 12 Hours
Introduction to Quality Environments and Resources 27 Hours
Integrated Learning Experiences Language and Literacy 42 Hours
Integrated Learning Experiences Numeracy Skills 42 Hours
Discovery of the World 24 Hours
Aesthetics & Creative Expression - Visual Arts for Young Children 24 Hours
Aesthetics & Creative Expression Msuci and Movement for Young Children 24 Hours
Motor Skills Development 24 Hours
Social and Emotional Development in Young Children 24 Hours
Programme Planning 21 Hours
Classroom Management/ Discipline 18 Hours
Personal and Professional Growth of an Early Childhood Educator 24 Hours
Speech and Lanaguage Studies 16 Hours
Safety, Health, Hygiene and Nutrition 30 Hours
Working with the Parents, Families and the Community 60 Hours
Supervised Teaching Practice 240 Hours

Entry Requirements

Based on the Early Childhood Training Accreditation Committee (ECTAC) accreditation standards, applicants must possess the following:

Current CIT trained teachers (empolyed in a Child Care Centre before Oct 2011)

Completed Secondary 4 education
Average WPL SOA 5
  • Credit in EL1 or
  • IELTS 5.5 or
  • WPL SOA 5 (writing)

New Entrants
Local Qualifications Overseas Qualifications
Minimum 3 GCE 'O' level credits including EL1 or acceptable equivalent Completed 10 years of formal education and passed exam with credits in 3 different subjects including English as 1st language or acceptable equivalent

NOTE: This ACECCE cannot be used to enter the PDECCET course unless the applicant has attained 5 GCE 'O' level credits including EL1.

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


Fees & Funding

  No Funding WDA 90% Mid-Career 90% WTS 95%
Full course fee $7,920.00 $7,920.00 $7,920.00 $7,920.00
WDA grant $0.00 $7,128.00 $7,128.00 $7,128.00
Nett course fee $7,920.00 $792.00 $792.00 $792.00
7% GST on nett course fee $554.40 $55.44 $55.44 $55.44
Total nett course fee payable, including GST $8,474.40 $847.44 $847.44 $847.44
Additional funding $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $396.00
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding $8,474.40 $847.44 $847.44 $451.44

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

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 & conditions apply.