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Hello, aspiring early childhood (EC) educators! Whether you are a graduating or current secondary school student exploring your career choices, you’re about to embark on a meaningful journey to uncover, explore and take a step closer towards achieving your dream.


In the vibrant tapestry of childhood, educators are akin to skilled gardeners, nurturing the seeds of potential within young minds. Just as a gardener carefully tends to the soil, sowing seeds, and fostering growth, early childhood educators play an indispensable role in cultivating a thriving environment for young learners.


As an early childhood educator, you become the architect of tomorrow's society, shaping and nurturing the tender shoots of curiosity, creativity, and character. Your classroom is a fertile ground, where every child is a unique bloom waiting to flourish under your guidance. Embrace the opportunity to inspire and mold young minds.


This microsite will be a one-stop place for you to gain access to all information about our EC courses and for graduating students to find out more about the upcoming Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).


So, what are you waiting for? Let’s hear from our Director, Mrs Loke-Yeo Teck Yong!




It may seem complicated but fret not! We are here to give you a rundown:  

  • How do I know if being an early childhood (EC) educator is right for me?

    Here is a checklist of what qualities you’ll need:

    • Resilience
    • In a Team (Collaboration)
    • Professionalism
    • Passion
    • Love for Learning
    • Empathy


    If you have these qualities, you’re on the right path to a fulfilling EC career!

  • If I am taking my O-levels this year, when is the JAE period?

    Mark your calendars! You’ll need to take note of the following dates:

    • 11 Jan 2024 (Thu) (Tentative): Release of O-Level results
    • 11 Jan (Thu) to 16 Jan 2024 (Tue) (Tentative): Submit your application through the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) using your Singpass or alternatively, the JAE PIN.
    • 1 Feb 2024 (Thu): Release of posting results
  • How do I apply for EC courses via JAE?

    You can apply right after receiving your O-level results, from 11 Jan to 16 Jan (tentative), via the JAE portal. Here’s how:


    • Ensure that you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course(s) you want.
    • Indicate your choices in the JAE-Internet System.
    • You are 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) in your choices!


    For more information about JAE, visit the Ministry of Education (MOE) website.

  • Where can I find out more?

    You can visit us at Ngee Ann Polytechnic's and Temasek Polytechnic's Open House from 4 to 6 Jan 2024 to find out more and speak to us!


Not sure which course we offer and you can take? Watch the video to hear more from our students about our campuses! Lessons aren’t always in lecture theatres or classrooms at NIEC. We have special rooms that simulate real-world EC learning facilities.



Click on any of the courses to learn more about them. Choose from any of our 3 EC courses!


Both NIEC (NP) and NIEC (TP) offers the Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education. You can get to choose to specialise in the following tracks in your third year:

  • NIEC (NP) Campus: Early Intervention Track or Mother Tongue Language Teaching Chinese or Tamil Track
  • NIEC (TP): Visual Arts Track or Mother Tongue Language Teaching Malay Track

*Subject to prevailing terms and conditions


You can get your training fully sponsored and receive a monthly allowance with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Training Award


EC educators can progress into diverse roles. Here’s the breakdown of the starting salary ranges for EC educators:


Job Roles 2024 Estimated Gross Monthly Salary Range ($)*

Preschool Educator 

From $2,900

Infant and Early Years Educators

From $2,600


*The information is gathered from ECDA's Press Release, 29 Oct 2022. The above is an indication of the expected gross monthly starting salary ranges for EC educators in Anchor Operator (AOP) centres by 2024. 


A career in early childhood education can blossom into many possibilities! This includes Centre Leaders, Special Needs Educators, Child Support and Family Services, Curriculum Specialist and many more! Visit for more information.


You can also take up NIEC’s post-diploma or continuing professional development courses to further your studies or take up the full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor in the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and receive advanced standing.

Plants need attentive care and nutrients to thrive! Similarly, equipping gardeners with the right tools, knowledge and support is vital. To ensure enduring understanding, it's not just about textbooks and exams. You’ll get to go on field trips, engage in microteaching (where you conduct a lesson for your peers acting as preschoolers), and more!



All pumped up and ready to get into the groove of things?


Try out our virtual lessons where our lecturers share their expertise with you through fun activities! 


Here's our students sharing their experiences!


Lecturers, like the sun, have the power to inspire growth. Their encouragement and motivation act as the fuel that propels students toward new heights of academic achievement. They instill confidence, guiding you to believe in your abilities and reach your full potential.


Who better than to share more with you about your learning journey than our lecturers?


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 



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

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


Wondering what life is like after you graduate? Let’s take a trip to where you will be working.

Experience the life of an EC educator through the eyes of those who are already making a difference in the sector!





Our alumni has more to share too! 






Now that you’re almost at the end, let’s take the final step – apply for our courses via JAE!


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All the best!