​AN OPEN LETTER

​To Students Applying to Early Childhood Courses at the Polytechnics​

Thank you for considering being an early childhood teacher.

You will be on an awesome journey that's going to be full of joy and laughter as you work with young children. You'll be a major part of their world, there for many firsts in their lives. But you will also face heartache and sadness when you encounter children at risk or with special needs. Your job is to always see potential and hope, and to help each and every child bloom and grow. Very few jobs deserve more respect.​

What's more, you'll be joining a growing sector with a promising future! More kindergartens and mega-childcare centres are coming up. There is also an increased focus on raising the quality of early childhood education in Singapore. All this means that there will be good career prospects, lots of training opportunities and very competitive salaries.

We will do our best to train you to be great childcare teachers. In your time with us, you learn what it means to be a professional in child development. You will understand what is age-appropriate development, how to help children build good habits and social skills, how to build literacy and numeracy skills, how to help them learn through play. You will have opportunities to travel to other countries to see first hand their practices.

Now what do we look for in you? A natural love for children, of course. An aptitude to build good social skills and values. The ability to fan the flames of learning in young hearts and minds. Plus a caring personality and positive attitude!

And here's something really cool. If you successfully apply to any of the two Early Childhood Development & ​Education diploma courses*​ in the Early Admissions Exercise, you are automatically offered the ECDA Training Award** worth up to $40,000. It covers your course fees, plus an $800 monthly allowance!

We want you to start well and run a good race in the early childhood sector. That is why we work with ECDA to support you at key stages of your early childhood education journey. These include newsletters and dialogues to keep you updated on the early childhood landscape, job emplacements programme upon graduation, and engagement platforms to learn from experts and pioneers on starting and sustaining well in the sector.

A passion to shape young minds is a great talent. But greatness is not what you have; it is what you give​. Let us help you realise your potential.

Best wishes,

Ngee Ann Polytechnic & Temasek Polytechnic


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*The two diplomas courses are: Early Childhood Development & Education (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) and Early Childhood Developemnt & Education ​(Temasek Polytechnic).

**More details on ECDA Training Award at www.ecda.gov.sg.​​