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This course was formerly known as Advanced Certificate in Early Years (with Exemptions) (ACEY with Exemptions)


ECDA-certified L1 or L2 educators who would like to gain fundamental knowledge and skills to apply basic health, hygiene, safety and nutrition practices to work with children from birth to 36 months, can embark on the PCIC to be certified. You’ll get to:



Acquire knowledge and skills

Acquire the knowledge and skills to understand the development and learning of children from birth to three years of age and set up conducive environments for exploration and play. 

Deepen your understanding

Understand the guiding principles, outcomes of the Early Years Development Framework 2023 (EYDF 2023) and apply them to practice with young children and families.

Practice-oriented training

Participate in practicum totalling 90 hours in an ECDA-registered infant care centre.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be conferred the PCIC by NIEC and be eligible for certification as EY2* educator by ECDA. You will be qualified to care for infants, playgroups & pre-nursery groups, and children from 2 months to 3 years of age.


*Graduates below 21 years old will be granted EY2C certification and be re-certified at EY2 certification level automatically once they turn 21 years old.


Find out more about the modules covered in this course here.


Minimum Entry Requirements

  • ECDA-certified L1/L2 preschool educators who have successfully completed one of the following ECDA-recognised diploma/certificate:

    • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (DECCE-T) or acceptable equivalent OR

    • Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (ACECCE) or acceptable equivalent


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Please note:

  • Courses will be open for application 4 months before the respective start dates.
  • 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.
  • Your learning is important to us, and we have designed our lessons to facilitate your optimal learning experience for this course. Our courses are largely conducted online and around 30% of lessons will be conducted face-to-face for effective learning across practice-oriented sessions, such as for child safety and child development. You will be expected to attend the face-to-face lessons physically. A schedule of upcoming modules will be provided to you in advance before course commencement.
  • A course orientation will also be conducted face-to-face where you will be provided with important information about the course, NIEC’s academic policies, the support that you can expect to receive as a student and connect with your community of learning. You are required to attend this session and will be notified of the date and venue 2 to 3 weeks prior to the orientation.

Course Fees

Click here for the 2024 course fees. 


Before You Apply

Here is a checklist for you to download to prepare your application. 


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Ms Diana Sim

Phone: 6887 9507 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)