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)​. ​


Practice-based Learning 

Practice-based Learning

A 22-week student internship programme and two practicum attachments ensure relevant work experience.

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

Deepen your knowledge and skills in Early Intervention​.​


Year 01

Build a strong foundation in understanding child development, early childhood care and education for infants and young children. Apply and hone your skills alongside experienced teachers on weekly field practicum.

For a complete listing and description of the modules, click here.

Year 02

Strengthen your knowledge in the holistic development of a child including helping the child to become a curious learner and a problem solver. Pick up skills on curriculum planning and design, ​and bring your skills to the next level with field practicum.

For a complete listing and description of the modules, click here.​

Year 03

Deepen your knowledge in your area of interest with a suite of electives like “Music & Dance for Young Children” or modules in the Early Intervention track. Go on a six-month student internship programme to put your skills and knowledge into practice.

For a complete listing and description of the modules, click here.

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Early Childhood Development & Education

For Students with O-Levels

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 pre-school teachers.


*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 or or any acceptable EL 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.

Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)

The exercise is now closed. ​

Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE)

The exercise is now closed.

Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE)

The exercise is now closed.​

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.