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Acquire knowledge and skills

Learn how to plan and implement activities in kindergartens and childcare centres, assist children in their daily activities and manage their safety, health and nutrition.

Put theory to practice

Participate in 2 practicums totalling 240 hours in an ECDA-registered early childhood development centre.

Learn relevant approaches

Learn the approaches to early childhood education that will help you provide an interactive and developmentally appropriate learning environment for children.

Note: The Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (ACECCE) will be conducted via online learning, except for selected modules that will be more effective conducted face-to-face. This is subject to prevailing COVID-19 measures implemented by the government. Students will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of modules that are conducted face-to-face.


What You Will Learn

Click here for a complete list of modules that will be covered in the course.

Entry Requirements

Local Qualification


Foreign Qualification

  • Completed 10 years of formal education and passed state exam with credits in 3 different subjects including English (as First Language) or other ELAA, e.g. a minimum band 5.5 in IELTS (Academic)


Other Qualification

For applicants who have obtained a Certificate in Infant/Toddler Care (CITC) and have been employed in a childcare centre before October 2011:

  • Completed the Early Years Development Framework course; AND
  • Completed Secondary 4 education; AND
  • Obtained an average score of SOA 5 in the WPL series; AND
  • Obtained a score of SOA 4 in the WPN series with a score of SOA 5 (Writing) in the WPL series or an O-level credit in EL1 or an IELTS 5.5 (Academic)


Applicants who are EY2 certified and have obtained the Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY) qualification are strongly encouraged to apply and be considered for the course on a case-by-case basis. Successful applicants may also enjoy exemptions from relevant ACECCE modules.

Upon Graduation

The Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education is awarded by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible for L1 certification by ECDA and will be qualified to teach pre-nursery and nursery children from 18 months to 4 years old or assist in K1 and K2 Levels.


*Individuals with a minimum GPA of 3.50 for ACECCE and 3 GCE O-level credits (including EL1 or ELAA) may apply for the Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (DECCE-T).  

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon


Day & Time


Upcoming Intakes

13 months / 800 hours

Mon - Fri:
2pm - 6pm

NIEC (City)

May 2023

Please note:

  • Course schedule and venue are subject to changes. NIEC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice. 
  • Classes will only commence if the minimum class size is met. A confirmation email will be sent to you at least 3 weeks before course commencement.
  • Priority will be given to company-sponsored applicants.

Before You Apply

1. Securing a practicum centre

The practicum modules are important and crucial component of your practice-oriented learning for course completion. Applicants must secure a practicum centre at an early childhood development centre by the first practicum module. In the event that you are unable to secure a practicum centre by the first practicum module or fulfil all the practicum hours that is required for graduation, you may have to defer your course. This may result in the inability to complete your course within the maximum candidature period.


  • Company-sponsored applicants: Your practicum centre can be the preschool you are currently working at.

  • Self-sponsored applicants: Click here for a list of early childhood development centres. Please contact the centres directly to apply.

Please note that practicum for this course will begin about 5 months from the course commencement date.


2. Prepare the following documents:

  • Image of your NRIC (front and back)

  • Highest formal academic qualifications (Certificates and transcripts)

  • Recent digital photo with a white background

  • If you are currently working in a preschool:
    • Employment Letter
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:

Early childhood educators have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in their work while acting in the best interests and well-being of children and their families. You will play a key role in caring for the little ones, inspiring their learning and helping them grow.

Have questions? Talk to us!
(Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)

Ms Gina Lee
Email: Gina_LEE@niec.edu.sg
Phone: 6887 9501