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Child Psychology & Early Education (N86)

Psychology & Community Services (N77)

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School of Humanities & Social Sciences  
Blk 52, #04-01 
535 Clementi Road
Singapore 599489
Tel: 6460 8974
Fax: 6875 1469

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Toll free: 1800-4607333 (admission to full-time courses)
Tel: 6466 6555
Fax: 6468 3207

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 Diploma in Early Childhood Education (N66) 

bullet Two-in-one professional qualifications: Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Teaching) and Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Leadership)
bullet Weekly attachment at childcare centres for practicum
bullet Scholarships and study awards offered by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and Temasek Cares
bullet Accreditation by Early Childhood Training Accreditation Committee (ECTAC)
bullet Two years’ exemption for a four-year subsidised degree in Early Childhood Education degree offered by Wheelock College through Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)


With pre-school education becoming a hot topic in Singapore today, you will have a big role to play as an early childhood educator!

To give you a head start, the Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECH) offers you not just one, but two, qualifications - teaching and leadership. What that means is that you can go on to be a supervisor or principal of a childcare centre or kindergarten after gaining sufficient teaching experience.

In addition, ECH is the most established diploma of its kind, providing you with a well-developed curriculum and many exciting learning opportunities. The course is accredited by ECTAC. It is also delivered jointly with SEED Institute which runs The Caterpillar’s Cove, a child development centre set up on campus to give you the chance to work with children.

You will go on weekly attachments with childcare centres right from your first year. This gives you the chance to apply and hone your skills alongside experienced teachers. At the same time, you will build up your knowledge with foundational modules such as Introduction to Child Development and Principles & Practices of Classroom Management.

In your second year, you will continue your weekly field practice while learning about the holistic development of a child and curriculum planning and design.

In your final year, you will be required to work on an actual research project to improve on and implement changes to the classroom environment, curriculum or pedagogy. You will also be equipped with the management and leadership skills required to run an early childhood programme.

You can start your career as an early childhood educator and go on to become a supervisor or principal of an early childhood centre. You can also work in agencies that offer services for children and families.


ECH graduates may apply for relevant degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore and receive up to one semester’s exemption.

You may also enjoy exemptions for the following overseas degree programmes:

– Edith Cowan University (Australia)
• Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
• Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

– Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
• Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
• Bachelor of Education

– Macquarie University (Australia)
• Bachelor of Early Childhood

– University of South Australia (Australia)
• Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

– James Cook University (Singapore)
• Bachelor of Business
• Bachelor of Psychology
• Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
• Bachelor of Information Technology

You can also gain direct entry into the Bachelor of Education (Special Education) programme at Flinders University, Australia. This programme is offered in partnership with the Social Service Training Institute.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

'O' Level Grade   
English Language as a First Language



Any three other subjects**


You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-A aggregate type listed at

* All applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL1 in the GCE ‘O’ Level examination are given two years from the point of teacher registration to obtain at least a B4 or a minimum band of 6.5 in the International Language Testing System.

#Students with a D7 in Mathematics may apply for the course provided they have GCE ‘O’-level passes (1-6) in 5 subjects (including English).

** The main medium of instruction for these subjects must be in English, except for a language subject.

Successful candidates are required to pass a medical examination before confirming acceptance to the course.

Medical Conditions 

Successful candidates are required to pass a medical examination before confirmation of acceptance to the course.

Whilst not comprehensive, the following medical conditions may lead to non-acceptance into the Early Childhood Education (ECH) course. Candidates who are diagnosed to have such conditions or any other medical conditions are advised to check with the Admissions Office or HMS Office before they apply.

  • Active Tuberculosis
  • Uncontrolled Epilepsy
  • Psychiatric Condition
  • HBsAg Positive / Hepatitis B Carrier
  • Uncontrolled Asthma
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDs)
  • Legal Blindness
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension
  • Mobility Restricted
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Profound Deafness
  • Physical Dependence Upon Mobility Equipment


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