WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Overview

WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (WSQ PDECCE) is designed to equip preschool teachers with the relevant skills and knowledge for effective teaching and curriculum planning.

This programme is accredited by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to: 

  1. Provide an overview of the preschool and national education systems in Singapore and their desired outcomes
  2. Analyse their roles in the facilitation and scaffolding of children’s learning in the early years
  3. Understand educational considerations that help various exceptional needs children to be more successful in their learning.
  4. Recognise the importance of including Parents and the Community in the care and education of young children
  5. Recognise the importance of safety, health, hygiene and nutrition aspects in the care and education of young children

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • 5 GCE ‘O’ level credits

Language Requirements:

  • A grade C6 in GCE ‘O’ level English Language or any acceptable alternatives (For English programme)

*For a list of acceptable alternatives in place of GCE ‘O’ level English Language, please refer to List of English Language Acceptable Alternatives for Course Admission​​​​​​ from the ECDA website.

HEALTH CLEARANCE Requirement: Please refer to the following link under Childcare Link (Refer to page 13 of document)

Course Structure & Duration

The course comprises of 23 modules conducted over 30 months of a part-time study or 18 months of full-time study. Students are required to complete 900 classroom hours and 300 practicum hours.

Requirement for Award

Students must pass all prescribed modules and practicum and fulfil all requirements for graduation. Please refer to Student Handbook for more details.

Students who successfully complete all modules will be awarded the “WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education” by SkillsFuture Agency Singapore.

Delivery Mode and Assessment

The course is delivered through a variety of engaging, interactive and hands-on modes, which include face-to-face sessions, small group discussions, projects and role-play.

Assessments will be based on students’ performance in assignments – in the form of field research, case studies, journal writing, reflection, classroom discussions, in-class test, group work/presentation and practicum. 

Module & Synopsis

 Module NameDuration (Hours)

Principles & Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education

  • ECE101 Principles & Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education

Child Development & Learning

  • ECE102 Growth & Development in Young Children (birth to 8 years)
  • ECE103 Understanding How Young Children Learn
  • ECE104 Understanding Children’s Behaviour
  • ECE105 Understanding Children with Special Needs
  • ECE106 Observing Young Children
  • ECE107 Assessing & Evaluating Children’s Development


Curriculum Planning and Peagogy

  • ECE108 Designing Environments for Children
  • ECE109 The Language Arts Curriculum
  • ECE110 The Numeracy Curriculum
  • ECE111 The Discovery of the World Curriculum
  • ECE112 The Visual Arts Curriculum
  • ECE113 The Performing Arts Curriculum
  • ECE114 The Physical Education Curriculum
  • ECE115 The Multicultural Education Curriculum
  • ECE116 Information, Communication Technology & the Integrated Curriculum
  • ECE117 Planning an Integrated Programme
  • ECE118 Integrating Children with Special Needs



Personal Growth & Professional Development: Reflective Practitioner

  • ECE119 Personal Growth & Professional Development
  • ECE120 Professional Training (Communication Skills, Teamwork & Teambuilding Skills, Networking, Creative Thinking, Speech Training, Counselling Skills




Safety, Health, Hygiene & Nutrition

  • ECE121 Safety Health, Hygiene & Nutrition (birth to 6 years)


Partnership with Families and the Community

  • ECE122  Partnership with Families and the Community


Supervised Teaching Practice

  • ECE123  Supervised Teaching Practice

 Total Hours1200

Please click here for module synopsis.

Course Fees and Funding

Please click here for the course fees details.

Course fees are subjected to changes without prior notice. For a full schedule of the miscellaneous fees, please click here.

What Our Student Says

“I've gained a better understanding of children as holistic individuals, as well as practical knowledge such as teaching skills and classroom management for young children.”

Lenny Marlina (Class of 2011)

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