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Play a part in shaping the lives of young children and discover all about the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth and development of children 18 months to 6 years old through the DECCE-T courses. You’ll get to:


Learn More

Acquire observation techniques and skills for better understanding of young children and their learning. Learn how to choose children’s literature and play materials and the techniques of using these materials.

Apply Skills

Acquire knowledge and skills to help young children develop perceptual, fine and gross motor skills and learn in the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional domains. Apply inquiry or process skills to explore the world around them, experience creative expressions, and create a sense of curiosity in young children.

Deeper Understanding

This course is for existing and aspiring early childhood educators, who require an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of early childhood care and education.

Upon Graduation

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be conferred the DECCE-T by NIEC. Graduates will be eligible for L2 certification* by ECDA. You will be qualified to teach Playgroup, Nursery, K1 and K2 children from 18 months to 6 years old. 


*To be granted certification to teach up to Kindergarten levels by ECDA, new teachers must have a minimum B4 grade for English Language (EL1). Applicants who do not possess a B4 or above in GCE O-level EL1 are given 2 years from the point of teacher registration to obtain a minimum band of 6.5 in IELTS (General) or other ELAA.


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


This course is available in Chinese here


Minimum Entry Requirements

Local Qualification


GCE-O Level Certificate


Other Local Qualifications

  • Higher Nitec Certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.0; OR 
  • Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education [ACECCE] (or acceptable equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 3 GCE O-level credits; 


Note: In addition to the above qualifications, a minimum of 1-year work experience is preferred.


Foreign Qualification

  • Completed 10 years of formal education (with English as the Medium of Instruction) and obtained Passes in at least 5 different subjects in the state exam
  • Degree (or above) with English as the Medium of Instruction (MOI) from a state-recognised university

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


Course Schedule

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18 months / 1,200 hours

Mon - Fri: 2pm - 6pm


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30 months / 1200 hours

Monday, Wednesday: 6.30pm to 9.30pm Saturday: 9am – 3.30pm




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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.
  • Priority will be given to applicants enrolling under the Career Conversion Programme.
  • 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 around 20% of lessons will be conducted face-to-face for effective learning across practice-oriented sessions, such as for child safety, child development and motor skills 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.
  • A course orientation will also be conducted face-to-face where you will be provided with important information about the course, NIEC’s academic policies, the support that you can expect to receive as a student and connect with your community of learning. You are required to attend this session and will be notified of the date and venue 2 to 3 weeks prior to the orientation.



Course Fees

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Before You Apply

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Ms Shena Lu

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