WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (Childcare)

Provided by SEED Institute (An NTUC Training Institute)

Course introduction


WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (Childcare) [PDECCE]

This full time programme is recognised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and accredited by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework. The course comprises of 640 classroom hours and 300 centre attachment hours. Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be awarded a WSQ Qualification certificate from WDA.


This programme provides opportunities for candidates to undertake advanced studies in the theory and practice of early childhood education in the development of young children.

Throughout the programme, candidates will gain knowledge and understanding of recent developments in learning, education, and training, participate in critical discussions, reflect on professional practice and develop skills to be effective teachers and mentors in their pre-school centres.

This programme also aims to provide a balanced and well-round education and strengthen the student-teachers' professional skills in areas that are critical in facilitating young children's understanding of the world that they live in.


Place and Train mode (for company sponsored applicants only)

Training Hours: 640 hours

Centre Attachment Hours: 300 hours

Total Course Hours: 940 hours (13 months)

Note: Applicants must be employed by an ECDA-licensed childcare centre as trainee teachers for no longer than 6 months


This programme adopts a range of assessment tasks that relate to the diverse individual and team-based conceptual and problem-solving tasks. These assessments are based on typically encountered scenarios in the pre-school environment. All modules will be assessed throughout the duration of the course. Some modules also required either a written examination and/or a classroom assignment (individual and/or group).

The Supervised Teaching Practice module will assess candidates' practical application of teaching skills.

Candidates must attain competency in each area of assessment to successfully complete the course. If a candidate recieves a 'not yet competent' in any module, he/she is allowed one supplementary assessment. If the canddiate is unable to attain competency after the supplementary assessment, the candidate is expected to repeat the module.

The WSQ Professsional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Childcare) will be awarded to candidates who have successfully meet the requirements of the programme. This includes completing the supervised teaching practice, and all the modules in the course. The candidate must also meet the minimum requirement of 80% attendance per module, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The cumulative GPA is derived by averaging the grades of all completion modules.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Module Title Duration
Language and Literacy 40 Hours
Aesthetics and Creative Expression (Art, Music and Movement) 30 Hours
Mathematics for Young Children 40 Hours
Discovery of the World 30 Hours
Partnership with Families and the community 60 Hours
Designing the Preschool Learning Environment 30 Hours
Personal Growth and Professional Development: The Reflective Practitioner 60 Hours
Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education 40 Hours
Play and the Young Children 30 Hours
Human Growth and Development, 0-8 Years 40 Hours
Infant and Toddler Behaviour and Development 40 Hours
Inclusionary Practices for Educating Exceptional Children 40 Hours
Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education 30 Hours
Motor Skills Development 30 Hours
Social and Emotional Development 30 Hours
Design and Technology as teaching and Learning Tools 30 Hours
Safety, Health and Nutrition 40 Hours
Supervised Teaching Practice 300 Hours

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be employed by an ECDA-licensed childcare centre as trainee teachers for no longer than 6 months.

Applicant must also possess the following:

  • 3 years full-time Local Polytechnic Diploma and at least a credit in GCE 'O' level EL1 or acceptable equivalent OR
  • *Degree with English as the medium of instruction from a state-recognised university
* Students are given 2 years from the point of teacher registration to obtain a minimum band of 6.5 in IELTS (academic) or acceptable equivalent

HEALTH CLEARANCE Requirement: Please refer to the following link under childcare link for health clearance requirement: (Refer to page 13 of document)

Fees & Funding

Funding / Grants
  • Skillsfuture Credit

  No Funding WDA 70% Mid-Career 90% WTS 95%
Full course fee $9,500.00 $9,500.00 $9,500.00 $9,500.00
WDA grant $0.00 $6,650.00 $6,650.00 $6,650.00
Nett course fee $9,500.00 $2,850.00 $2,850.00 $2,850.00
7% GST on nett course fee $665.00 $199.50 $199.50 $199.50
Total nett course fee payable, including GST $10,165.00 $3,049.50 $3,049.50 $3,049.50
Additional funding $0.00 $0.00 $1,900.00 $2,375.00
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding $10,165.00 $3,049.50 $1,149.50 $674.50

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

Note: Under the Enhanced Training Support (ETS) Scheme, Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) can apply for 90% funding via Valid for Singaporeans and PRs only.

From 1 Aug 2015, child care centres participating in this programme will receive Salary Support of the following:
  • 70% of monthly salary, capped at $4,000/mth per eligible non-mature or non-long-term unemployed trainee
  • 90% of monthly salary, capped at $6,000/mth per eligible mature or long-term unemployed trainee
As all trainees will be company-sponsored, trainees may be required to undertake bond with their employers.