WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years

Course Overview

The WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY) is a required professional qualification for an educarer working with children aged 2 months to 3 years.

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Learn an overview of the history and theories behind early childhood care and education
  • Understand various domains and stages of development for children from birth to 3 years as these must be portrayed in the context of work experience of educarers to help them reflect, assess and improve their current practices.
  • Have a more in-depth understanding of the guiding principles, outcomes and sub-outcomes of the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF).
  • Apply and implement the suggested practices stated in the EYDF in their work with young children and families.
  • Equip with necessary skills and practical knowledge to plan and implement programmes, curriculum and environments for the following age groups:
    • Infants (2 to 18 months)
    • Toddlers (Above 18 to 30 months)
    • Nursery children (Above 30 to 36 months)
  • Equip with the skills to engage in reflective practice
  • Equip with relevant skills to work collaboratively with colleagues, parents and families, as well as key stakeholders in the community to support children’s care, learning and development

Entry Requirements

  • Secondary 4 or minimum 10 years of formal education
  • Average SOA 5 in the WPL Series  including SOA 5 for WPL (Writing) 

HEALTH CLEARANCE Requirement: Please refer to the following link under childcare link for health clearance requirement:  

Course Structure & Duration

The course comprises of 14 modules conducted over 16 months (part-time) or 8 months (full-time). Students are required to complete 400 training hours and 200 practicum hours.

Requirement for Award

Students must pass all prescribed modules and practicum.

Students who successfully complete all modules will be awarded the “WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years” by Skillsfuture Singapore Agency.

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.

Students will be assessed through various modes such as in-class test, individual/group work or written assignments. 

Module & Synopsis

 Module NameDuration (Hours)

Overview and Introduction to Early Years Landscape in Singapore

  • ECE031 Overview and Introduction to Early Years Landscape in Singapore


Principles and Practices in Early Years Care, Development and Learning

  • ECE032 Developmental Perspectives in Early Years
  • ECE033 Child Development Studies
  • ECE034 Culturally and Developmentally Appropriate Practices



Programme Planning and Pedagogy

  • ECE035 Pedagogy of Care in Early Years
  • ECE036 Holistic Experiences for Early Years Development
  • ECE037 Observing, Planning and Implementing Appropriate Experiences in Early Years



The Early Years Environment

  • ECE038 The Early Years Environment


Personal Growth and Professional Development

  • ECE039 Personal Growth and Professional Development


Partnership with Families and the Community

  • ECE040 Partnership with Families
  • ECE041 Partnership with the Community


Health, Safety and Well-being

  • ECE042 Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • ECE043 Health, Hygiene, Safety and Nutrition Practices


Professional Placement

  • ECE044 Professional Placement 

 Total Hours600

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Course Fees and Funding

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

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