Early Childhood: CCP for Infant and Early Years Educators - NIEC
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Accurate as of 19 Jan 2022
Please refer to ‘Contact Details’ below on how to apply for this Programme.
What is it?

The Career Conversion Programme (CCP) for Infant and Early Years Educators offered by National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) provides participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to interact, plan and implement programmes, and set up conducive environments in childcare settings for children from birth to three years of age.

Under the CCP for Infant and Early Years Educators programme, newly hired participants will undergo a 600-hour programme with classroom and on-the-job training conducted over eight months. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will register with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) as a certified Early Years 2 Educator to care for infants, playgroups & pre-nursery groups and children from two (2) months to three (3) years of age ECDA-licensed Early Childhood Development Centres.

NIEC is the national training institute set up by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to strengthen the foundational training and professional development of Singapore’s early childhood educators at different stages of their career.


Who can apply?

Individuals

The Programme is open to all company-sponsored applicants who meet the following General Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a Singapore Citizens (SC) or Singapore Permanent Residents (PR) aged 21 years and above;
  • New hires must have graduated or completed National Service, whichever is later, for at least two years prior at the point of application;
  • Must be a new hired[1] (i.e. not more than six (6) months from date of employment) by participating ECDA-licensed Early Childhood Development Centres;
  • New hire must pass a pre-requisite medical examination required by ECDA to work in the sector;
  • Must not be in a similar job role prior to joining the CCP;
  • Must not be a shareholder of the participating company, or its related companies;
  • Must not be related to the owner(s) of the participating company; and
  • Must not be immediate ex-staff of participating company or its related companies.
  • Individuals can register their interest with NIEC and find out more about participating employers.

[1] Those hired for not more than 6 months prior to course registration date.

 

To apply, participants should meet the minimum course entry requirements as follows.

Job Position

Early Years Educator

Job Role

Supports the learning and development of children aged two (2) months to three (3) years

Qualification to be Attained

Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY)

Advanced Certificate in Early Years (Chinese) (ACEY) (CL)

Minimum Course Entry Requirements

Sec 4 education and SOA 5 the WPL series, including an SOA 5 in Writing*

Sec 4 education and HSK Level 5 and a pass at HSK Advanced level for Oral component*

Programme Duration

8 months

8 months

*Please visit www.ecda.gov.sg for the list of English/Chinese Language Acceptable Alternatives. The above minimum entry requirements serve only as a guide. More information is available at www.niec.edu.sg

 

Employers

  • Registered or incorporated in Singapore with a valid Unique Entity Number (UEN) with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA);
  • Offer a full-time position related to job role which the CCP is for at least a 12-month employment contract from the start date of course;
  • Ensure that new hires have met the eligibility criteria and are not:
    • A shareholder of the CCP company, or its related companies;
    • Related to the owner(s) of the company; and
    • Immediate ex-staff of the company or its related companies.
  • Commit to CCP traini.ng arrangements for the trainees and the CCP terms & conditions.

How does it work?

Selected applicants will undergo screening, interview and shortlisting process as determined by the hiring employer.

Employers must commit to working with WSG and the appointed programme manager on necessary administrative matters related to the CCP.

Funding support

S/N

WSG’s Funding to Employers

Standard Rate

Enhanced Rate

1.

Course Fee Grant

Up to 90% course fee funding by MOE

2.

Salary Support

Up to 70% of monthly salary for CCP training duration (capped at $4,000 per month)

Up to 90% of monthly salary for CCP training duration (capped at $6,000 per month)

For SC trainees who are unemployed and actively seeking employment for six months or more, and/or SC trainees aged 40 years and above in the year of commencement of the CCP.

Note: For individuals newly hired[1] and put on Place-and-Train CCPs for the period between 1 September 2020 and 31 March 2022, the Salary Support (SS) will now be disbursed to participating employers over a longer period, comprising the CCP training duration and an additional period of retention equivalent to the training duration.

 

[1] The adjustment to Salary Support disbursement will apply based on the date of hire of the individuals (i.e. start of employment with employer and not date of commencement of the CCP). To illustrate, the adjustment to SS disbursement will not apply to individuals hired before 1 Sep 2020, even if they start the CCP after 1 Sep 2020. Conversely, individuals hired between 1 Sep 2020 – 31 March 2022 will be covered by the changes, even if they start the CCP after 31 March 2022.  


Contact details

National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC)
 

Email Address: contact_niec@niec.edu.sg

Website: www.niec.edu.sg

 

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