Early Childhood Educators

Published Date: 08 May 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Ang Hin Kee, Ang Mo Kio GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) whether there are conversion or bridging programmes to allow kindergarten teachers who are currently not under the Ministry's group of early childhood educators to gain access to join the Ministry's kindergartens so as to expand the pool of qualified early childhood educators at these kindergartens.

Response

1. To date, there are 15 MOE Kindergartens (MKs) and 3 more will open in 2018. Like other pre-school operators, MOE employs experienced pre-school educators from the sector, as well as fresh graduates from early childhood education courses (e.g. Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from Temasek Polytechnic). There is no need for conversion or bridging programmes for qualified pre-school educators crossing over from the other pre-schools to MKs.

2. To increase the recruitment pool of MK educators, MOE has partnered Ngee Ann Polytechnic to run the full-time Diploma (Conversion) in Early Childhood Teaching programme, targeted at mid-careerists who do not have the requisite qualifications in early childhood education, to prepare them for their role as MK educators.

3. MOE will continue its efforts in attracting and retaining good MK educators.

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