Congratulations! Your child has reached another important milestone in his/her life. If your child is considering to be an early childhood (EC) educator and as a parent, you are trying to find out more about the EC courses or the prospects after graduation, we've got you covered!
Do also share this link with your child as they embark on an adventure to explore the wonderful world of being an EC educator!
Before your child embarks on his/her EC journey, you may be wondering what the future holds for the EC sector and who we are.
Who is NIEC?
National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) is a national training institute set up by the Ministry of Education for early childhood (EC) educators. The establishment of NIEC is part of the Government’s efforts to uplift the profession.
At NIEC, we work closely with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) to ensure our training programmes reflect the latest EC practices and meet the sector's evolving needs.
Our courses are conducted at our 4 campuses - NIEC (City), NIEC (NP), NIEC (TP) and NIEC (ITE).
Why should my child choose early childhood?
During the ECDA Early Childhood Celebration 2022 on 29 October, Minister Masagos Zulkifli announced that over 3,500 educators are required by 2025 to support preschool expansion of 22,000 more full-day preschool places over the next 2 years. The spending on early childhood education will also double from $1.8 billion over the next few years.
Here are some additional articles on our government's strong support in uplifting the early childhood sector:
- Pre-school educator's pay rise by 10-30% amid review of working conditions (Oct 2022, The Straits Times
- New initiatives to support children and early childhood sector (Oct 2021, Ministry of Social and Family Development)
- More than 1,900 jobs available in early childhood sector (Nov 2020, The Straits Times)
- Annual spending by the Government on the early childhood sector is set to double to more than $2 billion per year within the next few years (Feb 2020, The Straits Times)
How can my child apply?
Your child can apply right after receiving his/her O-level results, from 12 Jan to 17 Jan 2023 (Tentative), via the JAE Internet System in 3 easy steps:
- Ensure that they have met the minimum entry requirements for the desired early childhood course(s).
- Include their choices in the JAE Internet System.
- Click "Submit" and they are all ready to go!
If your child would like to pursue a career in early childhood, he/she is strongly encouraged to list Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education at both campuses (i.e. course codes N96 and T68 for NIEC’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic campuses respectively) among their choices!
For more information about JAE, visit the Ministry of Education (MOE) website.
View the following videos to find out more about the early childhood sector and our courses!
The above recordings are based on JAE 2022's admission criteria, the admission criteria for JAE 2023 is subject to changes.
We conduct our early childhood courses in collaboration with ITE College Central, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic at the NIEC (ITE), NIEC (NP) and NIEC (TP) campuses respectively! Students get to enjoy dual-identity where they are both students of NIEC and the Polytechnic/ITE college they are in.
Take a tour of our EC training facilities!
Students get to deepen their skills with specialisations in their final year*! Both NIEC (NP) and NIEC (TP) offer the Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education, where students can graduate in the Early Intervention or Visual Arts track respectively.
*Subject to prevailing terms and conditions
Click through to learn more about our 3 EC courses that we offer at the various campuses:
Here at NIEC, we provide quality training to develop confident and competent EC educators who are work-ready, self-directed and reflective practitioners.
Students will also get to exchange learning points and interact with our lecturers from various campuses who have diverse experiences related to EC. Here's what our students have to say about their NIEC experience.
Find more from some of our lecturers too.
IMMERSING IN ROLEPLAY
I teach a Drama module that involves various drama strategies they can apply in the classroom. I give my students roleplay scenarios to help them fully immerse themselves in the strategies. For example, I give some students the role of a teacher doing a dramatic reading of a storybook to their children! This helps them better understand the process of each strategy.
- Ms Amelia George, lecturer
GUIDING EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
As lecturers, we play the role of mentors too! I make time to listen to my students, especially when they are struggling to cope or need a listening ear. I always assure my students that our classroom is a safe space and they are free to express their thoughts and ask questions. Reminding them that all their questions and opinions are valued also sets an example for them. When they become teachers, they should do the same in their classroom.
- Ms Claire Chan, lecturer
ART IS FOR YOU & EVERYONE
Visual arts has always been a vital area for children’s holistic development in critical thinking, openness to new experiences and creativity. These are 21st-century competencies for a new world we face today. As we train students to be early childhood educators, it is important for them to harness the interest in the visual arts, so that they can create an encouraging and creative environment for children and be the nurturing educator alongside children.
- Mr Terence Lin, lecturer
Upon graduation. they will be awarded a certificate by NIEC and the Polytechnic/ITE. They will also be eligible for teacher certification by ECDA.
Career Pathways in EC and Salary Range
Recently, ECDA has announced the expansion of career pathways in the EC space. This includes leadership, learning support or early intervention roles. Click here to find out more about the career pathways.
In Oct 2022, ECDA announced that starting salaries for fresh EC diploma graduates joining Anchor Operators (AOPs) will increase from $2,600 to at least $2,800 in 2023.
Infant Educator Track
(work with children aged 2 months to 4 years old)
$1,800 - $3,150
EC Educator Track
(work with children 4 years to 6 years old)
$2,200 - $3,550
(take on centre or teacher leadership positions)
$3,150 - $7,500
Students will be eligible to apply for selected full-time degree programmes offered by the Autonomous Universities (AUs) or overseas universities.
Moreover, we provide a full range of courses for EC educators at every stage of their career. Even after graduation when they are working as an educator, they are able to continue upgrading themselves through our Post Diploma or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses!