Diploma in


Conducted by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic at the NIEC (NP) campus, and recognised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)​. ​

For more information on a career in the early childhood sector, you may visit www.ecda.gov.sg/shapeourtomorrow.


Practice-based Learning 

Practice-oriented Learning

Gain relevant work experience through a 22-week internship and two practicum attachments.

ECDA Training Awards 

ECDA Training Awards

Full course fee sponsorship, professional development funding and a one-off grant for study-related expenses.

Professional Development 

Professional Development

Get opportunities to upgrade your career through post-diploma programmes​.​


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Early Childhood Development & Education

For Students with O-Levels

Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2020 JAE
3 to ​17

Planned Intake (2020​)

Entry Requirements


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

  • Subject O-LEVEL GRADE
  • English Language 1 - 6*​​​
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) ** 1 - 6​#
  • ​Any three other subjects ** 1 - 6

Candidates would need to be certified medically fit for study by a certified medical doctor, and to work with children according to ECDA’s medical requirements for preschool teachers.

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-A Aggregate Type listed here.


* All applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL in the GCE ‘O’ Level examination are given two years from the point of teacher registration to obtain at least a B4 in ‘O’ Level English (English as a First Language) or English Language Acceptable Alternatives.
Click here for the list of acceptable EL alternatives.

# 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.









For Students with Other Qualifications

Click here to find out more on entry requirements and admissions exercise periods for qualifications such as N(A)-Level, A-Level, ITE, IP, IB and more.

Keen to apply for this course via the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)?

Click here for the Ultimate Early Childhood EAE Guide by NIEC​​ - your one-stop shop to all-you-need-to-know about early childhood training and how to ace your EAE application!