English Medium Kindergarten Teacher

The local touch

Ms Nur Amirah

Ms Karen Chia
Centre Head, MOE Kindergarten @ Farrer Park
Formerly Level Head, MOE Kindergarten @Punggol View

“I wanted to be involved in the piloting of the MOE Kindergarten curriculum, something that will eventually benefit the pre-school sector” says Ms Karen Chia, Level Head at MK @ Punggol View.

Familiar tales

Karen enjoys teaching at the MOE Kindergarten, where the hallmark of the curriculum is its distinctively local flavour. “The Starlight Literacy Programme in English and mother tongue uses a series of books written by local authors, with stories set in the local context. Children can relate to these books better as there is something that they are familiar with,” says Karen.

Managing kids and parents

Karen’s experience of working with young children and engaging with parents serves her well when parents and children grapple with sudden change. “A lot of times, it is not the child who faces separation anxiety; it’s the parents and their stress that affect their child,” says Karen.

To reassure anxious parents, she puts in extra effort and adds little touches to build trust and confidence. For instance, she ensures she is present in the morning to receive her charges. “It is my job to show them that their child is more resilient than they think they are,” says Karen.

“I find fulfilment in my charges every day,” says Karen, who discovered her love for teaching young children while working at a childcare centre shortly after graduating from polytechnic. “I am happy to see the children coming to school with a smile every morning. It goes to show that they enjoy school and my company,” she says.

Read more about Karen’s experience here

Helping little ones grow

Ms Nur Amirah

Ms Nur Amirah Kamil
English Medium Kindergarten Teacher, MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring
Formerly English Medium Kindergarten Teacher, MOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise

As a teacher at MOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise, Ms Nur Amirah is always looking for ways to make lessons more interactive and exciting, researching for her own resources and even inviting guest speakers to the classroom. For example, when the children were keen to know more about the job of a policeman, she invited two police officers to the kindergarten for a show-and-tell.

“I hope to engage children in learning through fun and meaningful ways, so that they look forward to coming to the kindergarten every day,” she says.

Working together

For Amirah, work is made easier because of the good support system within MOE Kindergarten. She finds it easy to discuss matters with her colleagues or seek guidance from her Centre Head when she faces challenges, whether it is in finding materials for a lesson or handling a tough topic.

She collaborates with like-minded early childhood education professionals, including MOE curriculum specialists, to develop the kindergarten curriculum and establish a learning environment that fosters quality learning.

Connecting with parents

Amirah keeps in touch with parents through e-mail, weekly memos, phone calls, and face-to-face chats, to update them on their child’s progress.

“Parents appreciate the effort made by teachers when we share with them about their child’s learning progress,” she says

Source: ST Careers in Early Childhood Education © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

Job Description

Be part of a dynamic team to enhance the quality of Singapore’s pre-school education landscape. As a Kindergarten Teacher, you will play a key role in providing our young with an enriched learning experience, nurturing their social skills and preparing them for lifelong learning. You will plan and deliver education programmes in order to help foster holistic learning and development for the children and be involved in parent and community engagement.

What your job will entail

  • Organise and deliver the curriculum and programmes.
  • Support the development and implementation of teaching approaches and preparation of learning materials and resources.
  • Provide a positive learning environment.
  • Ensure children's well-being and safety.
  • Engage parents and education partners.
  • Monitor and document children’s learning and development.

Who we are looking for

  • Effective communication skills and the ability to engage children.
  • A nurturing disposition.
  • Dedication to the development and well-being of children.
  • Applicants should hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education – Teaching (DECCE-T) (or equivalent).

Remuneration & Benefits

The starting salary for a trained candidate ranges from $2,350 - $4,106.

Your appointment grade and starting salary will take into consideration your relevant experience, time spent on the job, and academic training. You will also be eligible for annual and performance bonuses. You will be granted additional salary increments if you have completed full-time National Service.

Note: Information on salaries are accurate at the point of publication but may be subject to review and change.

Service Benefits

  • Subsidised medical and dental benefits.
  • Medical leave (14 days sick leave or 60 days sick leave if warded in a hospital).
  • School holidays (MK Educators can enjoy school holidays if their services are not required during the holidays).
  • Up to 10 days of leave for Urgent Private Affairs (subject to approval).
  • Use of Civil Service Club chalets at subsidised rates.
  • Public Officers Group Insurance Scheme (Optional).

Application Windows

Application Window Interview Period Start Work on
3 Feb to 16 Feb 2020 End-Feb 2020 to Mar 2020 13 Jul 2020
28 Mar to 12 Apr 2020 End-Apr 2020 to May 2020 13 Jul 2020
9 May to 24 May 2020 Jun 2020 12 Oct 2020
19 Sep to 4 Oct 2020 Oct 2020 to early-Nov 2020 28 Dec 2020 or Apr 2021

Please note that the above timelines are indicative.

Application Process

Phase 1: Application
  • Submit your application via Careers@Gov.

    • When filling up the application form, under the field “Position applied for”, please select “MOE Kindergarten Educator”. Otherwise, there could be a delay in the processing of your application.

  • For all application windows, your application should reach us by 11pm of the closing date. If you do not hear from us within 6 weeks from the application closing date, you may deem your application as not successful.

  • Do note that applications submitted outside the application windows will be processed together with other applications received in the next application window.

  • Use Careers@Gov to check the status of your application periodically.

  • For more information on MOE Kindergarten, please visit www.moe.gov.sg/microsites/moekindergarten/

Phase 2: Selection Process

Phase 2 comprises a number of concurrent processes which may not take place sequentially.


  • If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will receive an email informing you of the interview details and documents that you are required to bring to the interview.

  • To facilitate the processing of your application, please bring all required documents to the interview.

  • On the day of the interview, you will be asked to complete a written task, followed by a discussion with the panel.

  • Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified to attend an interview.

English/ Mother Tongue Language Entrance Proficiency Test(s) (EL/MTL EPT)

  • You may be required to sit for and meet the minimum requirements of the test(s) at the Ministry’s discretion.

  • If you are required to take any of the test(s), you will be informed and scheduled for them. Details of the test(s) will be sent to you through email.

Medical Examination

  • You will be contacted with instructions regarding the medical examination, which may include vaccinations according to the regulatory and prevailing guidelines adopted by the pre-school sector. The cost of the examination will be borne by MOE.

  • You are strongly encouraged to go for the medical examination at the earliest opportunity, to facilitate the processing of your application.

  • The medical examination is part of the selection process. Undergoing it does not indicate that you have been selected for appointment.

Selection for Appointment

  • If you meet all the Ministry’s requirements, your application will be considered in competition with other applicants.

  • If you are selected for appointment, you will receive an invitation to attend an appointment briefing. If you are unsuccessful in your application, you will be informed via email and you may check the status of your application via Careers@Gov.

If you are interested in relief teaching in MOE Kindergartens, and meet the eligibility criteria, you can put in an application as a Flexi-Adjunct MOE Kindergarten Educator [FAJ(MKE)].

Untrained applicants may leave your details here to be informed of upcoming sponsorship opportunity for the MOE Kindergarten Teacher Training Programme. Please visit here to learn more about the programme.