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Curious to learn about the early brain development and growth of children 18 months to 4 years old? The ACECCE course will equip you with the skills to nurture them to become secure, emotionally connected and confident children. You’ll get to:

Acquire knowledge and skills

Learn how to plan and implement activities in kindergartens and childcare centres, assist children in their daily activities and manage their safety, health and nutrition.

Put theory to practice

Participate in 2 practicums totalling 240 hours in an ECDA-registered early childhood development centre.

Learn relevant approaches

Learn the approaches to early childhood education that will help you provide an interactive and developmentally appropriate learning environment for children.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be conferred the ACECCE by NIEC. Graduates will be eligible for L1 certification by ECDA and will be qualified to teach pre-nursery and nursery children from 18 months to 4 years old or assist in K1 and K2 Levels.


*Individuals with a minimum GPA of 3.50 for ACECCE and 3 GCE O-level credits (including EL1 or ELAA) may apply for the Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (DECCE-T).  


Find out more about the modules covered in this course here.



Hear more from our students!

“I enjoyed the practice-oriented training. It kept me motivated, on task, and focused. While you can study and assume you know a lot through theories, the most important part is to go into the field. You’d realise there is precious knowledge that you would be able to learn and reflect from, only by interacting with the children.”


- Joann Tan, Graduate of ACECCE 2022.  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Local Qualifications


GCE O-Levels Certificate


Foreign Qualification

  • Completed 10 years of formal education (with English as the Medium of Instruction [MOI]) and obtained Passes in at least 3 different subjects in the state exam 

Note: English Language Acceptable Alternatives (ELAA) is required if MOI is not proven to be in English. 


Other Qualification

  • Obtained a Certificate in Infant/Toddler Care (CITC) and have been employed in a childcare centre before October 2011 AND obtained all of the following:
    • Completed the Early Years Development Framework course; AND
    • Completed Secondary 4 education; AND
    • Obtained an average score of SOA 5 in the WPL series; AND
    • Obtained a score of SOA 4 in the WPN series with a score of SOA 5 (Writing) in the WPL series OR a GCE 'O' level credit in English Language (EL1) OR English Language Acceptable Alternatives (ELAA)


  • In-service Educators with Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY) Qualifications
    • EY2 certified applicants who have obtained ACEY qualification may be granted up to 5 ACECCE module exemptions and can expect their course fees to be reduced accordingly.


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20 months / 800 hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday : 6.30pm to 9.30pm


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Please note:

  • Course schedule and venue are subject to changes. NIEC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice. 
  • Classes will only commence if the minimum class size is met. A confirmation email will be sent to you at least 3 weeks before course commencement.
  • Your learning is important to us, and we have designed our lessons to facilitate your optimal learning experience for this course. Our courses are largely conducted online and a proportion of lessons will be conducted face-to-face for effective learning across practice-oriented sessions, such as for child safety and child development. You will be expected to attend the face-to-face lessons physically. A schedule of upcoming modules will be provided to you in advance before course commencement.
  • Priority will be given to company-sponsored applicants.

Course Fees

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Before You Apply

Here is a checklist for you to download to prepare your application. 


Have questions? Connect with us!

Ms Shena Lu
Phone: 6887 9540 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)