SINGAPORE - A new training programme for pre-school staff who work with children aged two months to three years was launched on Thursday.
The Place-and-Train programme for educarers aims to equip new hires with the necessary qualifications and skills to support a young child's learning and development. This includes the planning and execution of age-appropriate activities and care-giving practices.
There is a similar programme for other pre-school staff teaching older children.
Under the programme, launched jointly by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), trainees will attend classroom training for part of the work week and spend the rest of the time at their workplace.
This allows them to directly apply newly-acquired knowledge on the job. They will also receive the ECDA-recognised Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications certification upon completion of the 10-month programme.
The course is also fully sponsored for them. WDA provides the pre-school operator with salary support at 70 per cent of the basic monthly salary (capped at $1,400) and course fee grant at up to 90 per cent, for each trainee. The operator will co-fund the remaining amount.
Speaking at the sidelines of the Early Childhood Recruitment Fair, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin said: "The early childhood sector is rapidly expanding and will provide meaningful jobs for many Singaporeans.
"I hope, in particular, that mid-career jobseekers and back-to-work women will consider taking up this programme to become early childhood professionals to nurture and care for our young ones."