SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood Sector
Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)

Early career employee

Sector Overview

Early years experiences establish the foundation of a child’s development. The Early Childhood (EC) industry offers a meaningful career to nurture and care for young children in their formative years. There are multiple entry pathways and opportunities for the fraternity of EC educators to provide quality preschool experiences for children.

Under the SkillsFuture movement, EC educators will be supported to deepen their skills and develop professionally at every stage of their career. There will be structured competency-based career progression pathways to develop and recognise educators with the right skills and passion for their work. Educators will have access to more professional development opportunities to hone their pedagogical knowledge and competencies.

Complementing a suite of manpower initiatives for EC educators, the SkillsFuture Study Award will support experienced EC educators to deepen their skills and prepare to take on larger job roles in the industry.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of work experience in the EC Industry

  • Committed to deepening skills in the industry

  • Has a track record of contributing to learning and training of self and/or others

  • Must be accepted into and provide proof of admission to supported course (full qualification) before applying for the SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood (EC) Sector

  • Must not have begun Post-Diploma Certificate 2 (PDC 2) of supported course before the end of the application period

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

* Please submit the following supporting documents to

  • Scanned colour copy of NRIC (front and back) (*mandatory)

  • Scanned copy of Letter of Offer from academic institution into supported course (*mandatory)

  • Either scanned proof of course payment (for all applicants) or proof of enrolment into supported course (for company-sponsored applicants or payment through PSEA only) (*mandatory)

  • Scanned copy of Post-Diploma Certificate in Fundamentals of Early Childhood Leadership (if applicable)

  • Scanned copy of Declaration of Partial Sponsorship by Employers for Supported course (*mandatory for company-sponsored applicants)

  • [Click here to download declaration form]

Supported Courses*

Note: Only applicants who have been accepted into the course listed below will be considered.

Course Institution
Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership (ADECL) [Full Qualification] Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic
Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching & Learning (ADECT) [Full Qualification] Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic

*Subjected to periodic review

Application Period and Evaluation Process

Application Period:

ADECL/ADECT Commencement Period Application Date for SkillsFuture Study Award
Oct 2018 20 Aug 2018 to 15 Oct 2018


Evaluation of applications will take about 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email.




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