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About Course

This course is conducted by NIEC in collaboration with the Institute of Technical Education at the NIEC (ITE) campus, and recognised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

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

Opportunity for real-world exposure through an industry attachment.

Secure your future

Work as an assistant childcare, kindergarten or preschool teacher. Opportunities for career upgrade to supervisory positions and beyond through higher-level courses.


Entry Requirements

Graduating O-level student

  • O-level English (EL) Grades 1 – 6

  • Any other 2 O-level subjects Grades 1 – 7*

Graduating Nitec student

  • Nitec cGPA of at least 2.8

  • Any one of the below:

*To be eligible for selection, you must have sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

Upon Graduation

Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education is awarded by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development in collaboration with ITE. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible for L1 certification by ECDA and can be deployed to teach pre-nursery and nursery children from 18 months to 4 years old or assist in K1 and K2 Levels.


Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics.

Course Schedule


Day & Time


This is a two-year course



How to Apply

Students can apply for the course via: 

Before You Apply

As an early childhood educator, you will have the responsibility to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and safeguard the well-being of young children.

The standards of ethical behaviour in early childhood care and education are based on the commitment to core values in maintaining harmony with Singapore’s multi-racial society and nation-building. Early childhood educators have to fulfill their professional responsibilities and obligations towards the children, families, community, colleagues, and staff.

Medical Requirement


Applicants applying for Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education (V42) have to pass a pre-admission medical examination to enter the course. More details on the medical requirements can be found at

Other Requirements

Successful students will be required to purchase a laptop, which will cost about $500 - $1,500 for the 2-year course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available for eligible students, subject to terms and conditions.