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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College Central

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Do you enjoy working with young children?

In this course, you will understand the key theories of child development and apply them in the early childhood industry. You will also learn how to manage young children’s basic health and their nutritional and safety needs. In your quest to become an early childhood practitioner, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to plan and implement activities in kindergartens and childcare centres, and assist young children in their daily routines too!

For more information on recent developments of Early Childhood sector, please refer to details here. This course is conducted by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) in collaboration with Institute of Technical Education (ITE) at the NIEC(ITE) campus. It is a professional qualification recognised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) for practice as a preschool teacher in Singapore.

What you'll learn

  • Plan programmes
  • Assist in conducting lessons
  • Assist children in daily activities
  • Manage safety, health and nutrition of children
  • Handle administrative work
  • Pursue personal growth and professional development
  • Handle workplace communication
  • Process business transactions and reports using information technology tools

The Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education fulfils the professional qualifications of Level 1 category of teacher.

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level grades in English Language and 2 other subjects:

  • Grade 1-6 in English Language
  • Grade 1-7 in two other subjects
    To be eligible for selection, you must have sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.


  • Applicants for this course will have to pass a prescribed medical examination.
  • Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to a Technical Diploma course at ITE. For more details on progression, please click here.

Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education with a GPA of 2.0 and above may also apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education graduates are employed by childcare centres and kindergartens. Some of the job titles held by our graduates include Beginning Early Years Educator, Educarer, Para-Educator and Assistant Preschool Teacher.

For other interesting videos on Early Childhood Education, please refer to the links below :

Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Resource Links: