New programme to groom pre-school teachers

A teacher conducting an activity with preschoolers at MindChamps PreSchool.
A teacher conducting an activity with preschoolers at MindChamps PreSchool.PHOTO: MINDCHAMPS HOLDINGS

SINGAPORE - From Oct 1, pre-school teachers can be nominated for a three-year programme that will groom them to take on larger job roles in their organisations, and improve the quality of early childhood education.

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) said the Professional Development Programme will "deepen their knowledge and hone their competencies through a combination of modular courses, projects and continuing professional development offerings".

Teachers in the programme will continue to work and earn an income.

They will also receive cash of up to $12,000 at three programme milestones - if they remain employed in their nominating organisation for at least six months after the end of each year in the programme.

Another initiative announced on Friday morning is an online platform called ONE@ECDA to track the professional development of those in early childhood.

Early childhood professionals can receive updates on the platform, and sign up for training courses and other development opportunities.

Pre-school operators can make online applications for teacher registration, and nominate teachers for courses put up by training providers.

ONE@ECDA will be launched at the end of the year.

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin said: "The two new initiatives are the latest in ECDA's ongoing manpower development efforts. They will not be the last. We are committed to creating many more opportunities for early childhood professionals to upgrade their skills and progress in their careers, so that they can, in turn, do their best for our children."

kxinghui@sph.com.sg