How to Apply?

Step 1

Please ensure you have met the minimum entry requirements and you possess the relevant qualifications and work experience for the course.

Step 2

Apply by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the respective course pages. Find out which course you qualify for here.

Step 3

If your application is successful, you will receive an email with instructions on how to accept the offer.

A) Apply via Place-and-Train* and be fully sponsored by your employer for your EC training

The day intakes of selected courses are eligible for the Place-and-Train programme*, where your employer may sponsor your training at NIEC and provide a monthly salary during your course. Here's how:


  • Secure employment and sponsorship by an early childhood development centre licensed by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). You may need to fulfil a bond to work with your employer. Visit the ECDA website for a list of job portals and contact the centres directly for place-and-train opportunities.

  • Apply for our courses within 6 months of being hired. Upon successful enrolment, you may start your training at NIEC while working at the preschool.

  • Enjoy full course sponsorship and a monthly work salary, provided by your employer!


*The Place-and-Train programme is open to all company-sponsored applicants who:

  • Are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents aged 21 years and above;

  • Graduated or completed National Service, whichever is later, at least 2 years at the point of application;

  • Are newly-hired by participating ECDA-licensed preschools;

  • Are not in the same job role prior to joining the Place-and-Train programme.

  • Other terms and conditions apply.


B) Apply as a self-sponsored applicant

Visit the relevant course page and click on ‘Apply Now’ to submit your application. You may qualify for certain financial schemes for course fee payment, e.g. SkillsFuture Credit, MOE Bursary. Scroll down to find out more.


C) Apply via the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) to enjoy a holistic poly/ITE experience for the following courses:


Apply for our courses via EAE (Working Adults)

Keen to have a holistic poly/ITE student experience? You* can apply for the following courses at our poly or ITE campuses via the Poly Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) or ITE-EAE respectively. 

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education at NIEC (NP)/NIEC (TP)
  • Diploma in Chinese Studies (Early Childhood Teaching) at NIEC (NP)
  • Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education at NIEC (NP)
  • Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education at NIEC (ITE)

*The EAE for working adults is applicable to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents only with at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

When to apply?

  • ITE-EAE: Application for entry to AY 2022: 27 May - 2 June 2021​
  • Poly EAE: Application for entry to AY 2022: 7 Jun – 4 Jul 2021

Financial Schemes

For Students

For Employers

Incentives for Employers


SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) provides absentee payroll funding to encourage employers to upskill their employees. Please visit the SSG website to check out the list of courses approved for funding support by SSG.


Other funding support may be offered. Please contact us for more information on funding.

Course Fees

Please refer to individual course pages for course fee information.

Registration Fee

S$64.20 (inclusive of 7% GST)
Note: The registration fee is non-refundable.

Payment of Fees

You will be informed of the fees payable and payment deadline in our letter of offer. If fees are not paid by the due date, the admission offer will lapse and appeals are subject to available vacancies. Please note that fee payment via eNETS credit card is currently unavailable due to technical issues. Meanwhile, you may pay via the following options:

For application fee

  •  eNETS debit card

For course fee

  • eNETS debit card
  • Internet banking
  • PayNow
  • Cheque
  • Invoice (for company sponsored applicants)
  • SkillsFuture Credit

If you face any issues with payment or have any queries, please contact us at We apologise for any convenience caused.

  • Self-sponsored

    By SkillsFuture Credit

    This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants and must be applied via the SkillsFuture Portal. More details on the SkillsFuture Credit claims will be advised upon admission into the course.


    For more information, visit the SkillsFuture Credit webpage.


    By Online Payment

    You may make an online payment via eNETS. Refer to the e-offer letter for instructions on enrolment and payment. Please allow up to 3 working days for processing. You may be requested to submit an online payment receipt to the Course Administration Officer.

  • Company-sponsored

    By Invoice


    For company-sponsored courses, please contact us to request for an invoice to be emailed to your company. Course fee payment can be made with a company cheque or via internet banking.


    We are unable to issue any invoice if payment is made prior to invoicing your company. We do not accept cash payment.