This expedition can be confusing and intimidating, fret not! We are here to give you a rundown:  

  • What is Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)?

    EAE is an aptitude-based admissions exercise that allows students to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission prior to receiving their final grades. If you have strong aptitude and passion in the early childhood field, scroll down to find out more on how you can apply for EAE! 

  • When is EAE?

    Mark your calendars! The EAE application period for admission to polytechnics is as follows:

    • 9 June to 15 June (Final-year ITE students)
    • 23 June to 29 June (Graduating O-Level students)
    • 6 June to 3 July (Working adults with at least 2 years of relevant work experience)

    And the EAE application period for admission to ITE is as follows:

    • 26 May to 1 June
  • Where can i find out more?

    Join us for our EAE Expedition Live Talk to find out how to ace your EAE applications, have a hands-on experience of our lessons, and hear from our students and graduates. Register here: 

  • How do I apply for EC courses via EAE?

    Here's how in 3 easy steps:

    1. Apply via the ITE/Poly EAE portal during the application period.


    2. Choose up to 3 courses.

    Note: If you apply for the Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (N96) and Temasek Polytechnic (T68), they will count as 2 choices. 

    3. Submit your write-ups, including:

    For polytechnic admissions

    • A course-related write-up on your interests (600 characters)
    • A write-up on your talents/achievements (1000 characters)

    For higher nitec admissions

    • A course-related write-up on your interests (100 characters for each course selected)
    • A write-up on your talents/achievements 


    And that's it! You will be informed via email if you are shortlisted for an interview.

  • What happens when I’m shortlisted for an interview?

    Before the interview:

    If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will receive an email with more details on your e-portfolio requirements and interview process. Do prepare your e-portfolio in advance! It should illustrate your passion for the course, your positive attributes, and your potential to do well as an early childhood educator. 


    Not sure what to include? Here are some examples:

    • Your achievements in school/work
    • Photos of your interaction with young children, AND
    • The e-certificate you received from scoring >85% in our Early Childhood EAE Quiz!


    During the online interview:

    On the day of the interview, you will get to answer questions from our panel, in a group! You will also work together in your small group to plan and present an activity for young children. 


    Note: Students who apply for NIEC's polytechnic courses via EAE, be it for Ngee Ann Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic, are evaluated by the same NIEC panel. 

  • What are the qualities NIEC looks for in an applicant?

    To be an early childhood (EC) educator, here is what you will need:

    • Passion to nurture, inspire, educate and care for young children; and want to make a difference by giving every child a good start
    • Potential to do well as an EC educator
    • Positive attributes that every EC educator should have, such as keenness to learn, ability to work well in teams, disposition to care for others, as well as having good values and social skills


    If this sounds like you, you’re on the right path to a fulfilling EC career!







Not sure which course to take? Click on any of the courses to learn more about them. Choose from our 4 EC courses!



PRO-TIP: You can get your training fully sponsored and receive a monthly allowance with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Training Award! Details here.

Lessons aren’t always in lecture theatres or classrooms at NIEC. We have special rooms that simulate real-world early childhood learning facilities.


Pro-tip: Deepen your skills with specialisations you can take in your final year*!
Both NIEC (NP) and NIEC (TP) offer the Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education, where you can choose the Early Intervention or Visual Arts track respectively in your third year.

*Subject to prevailing terms and conditions





How you learn is important. Yes, it’s not just textbooks here. You’ll get to go on field trips engage in microteaching (where you conduct a lesson for your peers acting as preschoolers), and more!



All pumped up and ready to get into the groove of things?
Try out these lessons, where our lecturers share their expertise with you through fun activities!


Take a look through the lens of our students' eyes! 




They are so much more than just coaches, they are your partners to an incredible experience! Who better to share more about your learning journey than our lecturers?


I teach a Drama module that involves various drama strategies they can apply in the classroom. I give my students roleplay scenarios to help them fully immerse themselves in the strategies. For example, I give some students the role of a teacher doing a dramatic reading of a storybook to their children! This helps them better understand the process of each strategy. 

- Ms Amelia George, lecturer 

Visual arts has always been a vital area for children’s holistic development in critical thinking, openness to new experiences and creativity. These are 21st-century competencies for a new world we face today. As we train students to be early childhood educators, it is important for them to harness the interest in the visual arts, so that they can create an encouraging and creative environment for children and be the nurturing educator alongside children.

- Mr Terence Lin, lecturer

As lecturers, we play the role of mentors too! I make time to listen to my students, especially when they are struggling to cope or need a listening ear. I always assure my students that our classroom is a safe space and they are free to express their thoughts and ask questions. Reminding them that all their questions and opinions are valued also sets an example for them. When they become teachers, they should do the same in their classroom. 


- Ms Claire Chan, lecturer


Wondering what life is like after you graduate? Let’s take a trip to where you will be working.





Our alumni has more to share too! 



Of course, your journey doesn’t stop at being an educator. The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), who takes care of the sector, gives educators plenty of opportunities to progress to leadership roles.




Now that you’re almost at the end of the great NIEC EAE expedition, let’s take final step – apply for our poly courses here and higher nitec course here


Applications to our poly courses close on the following dates: 


For O-level students

29 Jun 2022 

For ITE students 

15 Jun 2022

For working adults 

3 Jul 2022


Applications to our higher nitec course close on the following date

1 Jun 2022:


Don’t forget to take part in our quiz! Score > 85% to get an e-cert that you can include in your portfolio for the EAE application.




Have questions? 

Here’s how you can reach out to us!

Email us at

Telegram: @niecsg




All the best!