Make a Difference in Little Lives!

Thinking of making a switch into a meaningful career working with young children? Help our earliest learners discover the wonders of the world by becoming a preschool teacher!

Early childhood (EC) educators are in the privileged position to be one of the children’s first teachers. You’ll get to impart life skills and values to young children, helping them lay a strong foundation in learning! 


You will work in an EC development centre, which can be a childcare centre or a kindergarten. Both offer programmes tailored to the needs of children up till the age of 6 years old. 

Learn all you need to know about being an EC educator!

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Teaching preschool students in class
Doing art with preschool teacher

More Reasons to Join the Sector

Growing Demand for Preschool Educators

There are 180,000 preschool places for children currently, and there will be 40,000 more by 2023.

Great Career Progression

With the right qualifications and competencies, you can go on to be in leadership positions.

Support from the Government

The Singapore Government is spending more than $2 billion to support the sector!

What It Takes to Be an EC Educator

Qualities for a good fit

  • PASSION to give every child a good start

  • LOVE of interacting with children

  • ENTHUSIASM to learn and work well in teams

  • CARE for others, have good values & social skills

A big heart to shape little minds
As an EC educator, you play a key role in caring for the little ones and helping them grow! You should always maintain professionalism in your work and act in the best interests of the children and their families.

What Courses Can You Take?

You do not need prior experience to start your training! You would only need to meet the minimum entry requirements of the courses you are applying for.


For those who have completed Sec 4 education


For those with 3 O-level credits


For those with 5 O-level credits


For those with a degree or local poly diploma


Note: For detailed entry requirements, please visit the respective course pages above.


*The day intakes of these courses are eligible for the Place-and-Train programme. Visit the course pages above or contact us for more details.



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How to Apply for Our Courses 

Step 1: Please ensure you have met the minimum entry requirements and you possess the relevant qualifications and work experience for the course.

Step 2: Apply by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the respective course pages.

Step 3: If your application is successful, you will receive an email with instructions on how to accept the offer.


A) Apply via Place-and-Train* and be fully sponsored by your employer for your EC training

The day intakes of selected courses are eligible for the Place-and-Train programme*, where your employer may sponsor your training at NIEC and provide a monthly salary during your course. Here's how:


  • Secure employment and sponsorship by an early childhood development centre licensed by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). You may need to fulfil a bond to work with your employer. Visit the ECDA website for a list of job portals and contact the centres directly for place-and-train opportunities.
  • Apply for our courses within 6 months of being hired. Upon successful enrolment, you may start your training at NIEC while working at the preschool.
  • Enjoy full course sponsorship and a monthly work salary, provided by your employer! 


*The Place-and-Train programme is open to all company-sponsored applicants who:

  • Are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents aged 21 years and above;

  • Graduated or completed National Service, whichever is later, at least 2 years at the point of application;

  • Are newly-hired by participating ECDA-licensed preschools;

  • Are not in the same job role prior to joining the Place-and-Train programme.

To be eligible, you must be employed by an ECDA-licensed early childhood development centre as a trainee teacher for no longer than 6 months from the course application date. For the full terms and conditions, visit the Workforce Singapore website.



B) Apply as a self-sponsored applicant  

Visit the relevant course page and click on ‘Apply Now’ to submit your application. You may qualify for certain financial schemes for course fee payment, e.g. SkillsFuture Credit, MOE Bursary. Find out more about the financial schemes.


C) Apply via the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) for working adults to enjoy a holistic poly/ITE experience! 

The EAE for working adults is applicable to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents only with at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Learn more.