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WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

Previously known as Certificate 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 employable. Based on standard developed by the SkillFuture SG (SSG) [formerly known as Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA)] and various industry partners, WSQ ensures workers acquire skills needed by employers 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 SSG, from the development of competency standards, accreditation of training providers to the award of its qualifications.

Objectives

  • 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 trainees’ attention 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 approaches in early childhood education which provide for an interactive and developmentally appropriate learning environment
  • Enable trainees to collaborate with fellow colleagues, parents and other professionals in supporting children’s cognitive and affective development

Structure

The part-time (day) course duration is about 13 months and the part-time (night) course duration is about 24 months. Students are also required to complete 560 classroom hours and 240 practicum hours.

Note: For Place-and-Train mode, applicants must be employed by an ECDA-licensed Childcare Centre or Kindergarten as trainee teachers for no longer than 6 months from course registration date.

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Note: Upon completion of this 13 months full time programme, trainees are required to serve the bond period stipulated by your childcare centre or kindergarten.

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Programme Module

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 Music 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 Language 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

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Assessment

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.


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.

Entry Requirement

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

Current CIT trained teachers (employed in a Child Care Centre before Oct 2011)
Qualifications
  • CIT + EYDF
  • Completed Secondary 4 education
  • Average WPL SOA 5
  • WPN SOA 4 with
      • Credit in EL1 or
      • IELTS 5.5 (Academic) 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 state 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: 

Programme Fee



No Funding SSG 90% Mid-Career 90% WTS 95%
Full course fee $7,920.00 $7,920.00 $7,920.00 $7,920.00
SSG 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 non-Permanent Residents
SSG funding : Applicable to Singaporeans and 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 (with effect from 2017)


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.

Place-and-Train mode (for company sponsored applicants, part-time (day) intakes only)

From 1 April 2017, Child care centres participating in the Place-and-Train mode (Part-Time (day) intakes only) will receive Salary Support of the following:
  • 70% of monthly salary, capped at $4,000 per eligible trainee (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) per month for up to 13 months.

As all trainees will be company-sponsored, trainees may be required to undertake bond with their employers.