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SkillsFuture Study Award for
Early Childhood
Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)
Sector Overview

Early years experiences establish the foundation of a child’s development. The Early Childhood (EC) industry offers a meaningful career to nurture and care for young children in their formative years. There are multiple entry pathways and opportunities for the fraternity of EC educators to provide quality preschool experiences for children.

Under the SkillsFuture movement, EC educators will be supported to deepen their skills and develop professionally at every stage of their career. There will be structured competency-based career progression pathways to develop and recognise educators with the right skills and passion for their work. Educators will have access to more professional development opportunities to hone their pedagogical knowledge and competencies.

Complementing a suite of manpower initiatives for EC educators, the SkillsFuture Study Award will support experienced EC educators to deepen their skills and prepare to take on larger job roles in the industry.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of work experience in the EC Industry

  • Committed to deepening skills in the industry

  • Must be accepted into and provide proof of admission to supported course (full qualification) before applying for the SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood (EC) Sector

  • Must not have completed half of the supported course by the end of the application period
  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

Note: Public officers are not eligible for the SkillsFuture Study Award as the Public Service is committed towards the skills deepening of public officers. Government agencies offer a range of training and development schemes to support the skills upgrading of public officers. As such, public officers are encouraged to apply for the in-house schemes instead of the SkillsFuture Study Award.

The following supporting documents will need to be uploaded to complete your application: 

  • Letter of Offer from academic institution into supported course (*mandatory), e.g. Letter of Offer from NIEC for ADECL

  • Proof of enrolment into supported course (*mandatory), e.g. confirmation email from NIEC

Application Period and Evaluation Process

Application Period:

Supported Course Commencement Period    

Application Date for SkillsFuture Study Award   

 ADECL: Oct 2020

 SDELS: Sep 2020

   24 Aug 2020 (Mon) to 16 Oct 2020 (Fri)


Evaluation of applications will take about 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email.