Skills Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education

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What Is it?

The Skills Framework (SFw) for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is a guide for individuals, employers and training providers to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning in the ECCE sector. It is jointly developed by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), together with early childhood (EC) educators, employers, training providers, associations and unions. The SFw for ECCE supports the SkillsFuture movement by providing a common reference for skills and competencies required in ECCE sector to help individuals make informed decision on skills development, employers to recognise skills and invest in skills training for their employees, and training providers to design programmes that address the sector's manpower and skills needs.

Who Is It For?

Individuals with the passion and interest to pursue a career in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector, and/or who are in-service EC educators.

Employers in the ECCE sector who would like to identify emerging skills and build new capabilities, recognise their employees' skills and invest in skills training for them, and/or strengthen their organisational capability and enhance talent attraction, management and retention.

Training providers who are looking to gain better insights into sector trends, and existing and emerging skills in demand, as well as design programmes that address the ECCE sector's manpower and skills needs.

How Does It Work?

The Skills Framework (SFw) for Early Childhood Care and Education provides key information such as sector outlook and employment landscape, workforce profiles, career pathways, and desired skills set of each identified job role so as to guide you in your decision in becoming or progressing as an EC educator in this sector.



(i) Sector Information

This section provides information on the SFw for ECCE, including why quality ECCE is important, and opportunities for individuals who are interested in joining, or currently in the sector.

Click here to download the Guide on Occupation and Skills for the SFw for ECCE.


(ii) Career Pathways

The Career Pathways show how the occupations in the SF for ECCE are structured progressively and laterally.

Click to download the Career Pathways for the Early Childhood Care and Education sector. [PDF/Word]


(iii) Skills Map and Skills Standards

The Skills Map details the skills for each of the ECCE occupations, aligned to the three tracks (Educarer, Teacher and Leader). It provides information such as occupation descriptions and skills.

Click here to download the ECCE Occupation Descriptions.



(a) View the Tracks under the SFw for ECCE

Click on the tracks listed below to download the Skills Map for each track.



(b) View the Occupations under the SFw for ECCE

Click on the respective occupations in the designated track to download the Skills Standards. Skills Standards articulate the elaborated content of all the skills required for each occupation.

Educarer

Teacher

  • Beginning Pre-school Teacher [PDF/Word]

  • Pre-school Teacher [PDF/Word]

  • Senior Pre-school Teacher [PDF/Word]

Leader



(iv) Training Programmes

The Training Programmes provide information on courses that are available for aspiring and in-service EC educators to acquire or deepen skills relevant to the various occupations in the ECCE sector.


(a) View the Training Programmes for aspiring talents

If you are passionate about nurturing young children to develop holistically and have the desire to care for infants and toddlers, you can identify and enroll in the training programmes listed below to acquire relevant skills for one of the following occupations:


(b) View the Training Programmes for in-service employees

For in-service EC educators who aspire to take on teacher leadership or centre leadership roles, you can identify and enroll in the training programmes listed here to acquire the relevant skills for one of the following occupations:

  • Centre Leader

  • Lead Teacher

In-service EC educators can also embark on professional development through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes published on ONE@ECDA to acquire new capabilities or strengthen existing skills.

Click on the respective occupations in the designated track to download the Training Programmes relevant to each occupation.

Educarer

Teacher

  • Beginning Pre-school Teacher [PDF/Word]

  • Pre-school Teacher [PDF/Word]

  • Senior Pre-school Teacher [PDF/Word]

Leader