Skills Framework for Early Childhood

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What Is it?

The Skills Framework (SFw) is a SkillsFuture initiative developed for the Singapore workforce to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning.

Jointly developed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), together with industry associations, training providers, organisations and unions, the Skills Framework for Early Childhood provides useful information on:

  • Sector information;
  • Career pathways;
  • Occupations and job roles;
  • Existing and emerging skills; and
  • Training programmes for skills upgrading and mastery.

Who Is It For?

Individuals who wish to join or progress within the Early Childhood sector, to assess their career interest, identify relevant training programmes to upgrade their skills and prepare for the desired job roles.

Employers will be able to recognise these skills and invest in training their employees for career development and skills upgrading.

Training providers can gain insights on sector trends, existing and emerging skills that are in demand, and design programmes to address the industry needs accordingly.

How Does It Work?

The SFw for Early Childhood contains information on career pathways, occupations, job roles, skills and competencies and training programmes.


(i) Sector Information

This section provides information for SFw for Early Childhood including information on trends and workforce profiles in the sector.

Click here (PDF, 4.08 MB) to download the Guide to Occupations and Skills for the Early Childhood sector.

(ii) Career Pathways

The Career Pathways show the possible options for vertical and lateral progression for advancement and growth.

Click here (PDF, 45.06 KB) to download the Career Pathways for the SFw for Early Childhood.


(iii) Skills Map

The Skills Maps covers a total of 27 job roles, critical work functions, key tasks and skills and competencies aligned to three tracks.

Click here (ZIP, 6.49 MB) to download the Skills Map.

View the Occupations/Job Roles under the SFw for Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education

  • Beginning Infant Educator

  • Infant Educator

  • Senior Infant Educator

  • Beginning Early Years Educator

  • Early Years Educator

  • Senior Early Years Educator

  • Lead Early Years Educator

  • Beginning Preschool Educator

  • Preschool Educator

  • Senior Preschool Educator

  • Lead Preschool Educator

  • Deputy Centre Leader

  • Curriculum and Pedagogical Specialist

  • Centre Leader

Learning Support

  • Learning Support Educator

  • Senior Learning Support Educator

  • Lead Learning Support Educator

  • Senior Lead Learning Support Educator

  • Cluster Manager

Early Intervention

  • Beginning Early Intervention Educator

  • Early Intervention Educator

  • Senior Early Intervention Educator

  • Lead Early Intervention Educator

  • Senior Lead Early Intervention Educator

  • Centre Manager

  • Director


(iv) Skills and Competencies

The Skills and Competencies identified for each of the job roles fall under two broad classifications: (a) Technical Skills and Competencies, and (b) Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies).

(a) Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Early Childhood

Technical Skills and Competencies comprise occupation/job-specific knowledge, skills and abilities that a person needs to have to perform the various tasks.

Click here (PDF, 255.23 KB) to download the Overview of Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Early Childhood.

View the Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Early Childhood

Click here (ZIP, 13.94 MB)to download all Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Early Childhood.

Child Learning and Development

  • Child Development Assessment

  • Child Observation

  • Classroom Management and Guidance of Children's Behaviour

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Early Childhood Curriculum Design

  • Early Childhood Pedagogical Practice

  • Early Childhood Programme Planning

  • Learning Environment Design

Child Safety and Well-Being

  • Child Safety and Protection

  • Health, Hygiene and Nutrition for Children

  • Interaction and Relationship

  • Responsive Caregiving Approaches

Early Intervention and Learning Support

  • Child Functional Needs Assessment

  • Child Screening and Assessment

  • Early Intervention Curriculum Design

  • Early Intervention Principles and Practices

  • Individualised Intervention Planning and Implementation

  • Learning Support Session Planning and Implementation

  • Social Service (Early Intervention) Programme Development and Implementation

Family and Community Partnership

  • Community Partnership

  • Family and Caregiver Engagement

  • Situation Management with Families and Community

Operations and Management

  • Centre Innovation and Change Adoption

  • Data and Information Management

  • Financial Administration

  • Operations Management

  • Visioning and Strategic Planning

Professional Practice and Development

  • Coaching and Mentoring for Educators

  • Collaborative Practices with Stakeholders across Disciplines

  • Ethical Conduct and Professional Integrity

  • Practitioner Inquiry

  • Professional Advice and Engagement

  • Reflective Practice for Educators

  • Resilience and Self-care

Workforce Development and Engagement

  • Staff Communication and Engagement

  • Staff Continuous Learning

  • Team Management


(b) Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies) for the SFw for Early Childhood

Each job role in the SFw for Early Childhood has Critical Core Skills identified. The CCSs are employability/transferable skills and competencies.

Visit this link to access information about the CCS. 


(iv) Training Programmes

The Training Programmes provide information on skills acquisition that are available for new entrants and in-service personnel to acquire skills and competencies required for various job roles in the Early Childhood sector. 


(a) View the Training Programmes for aspiring talents

If you are passionate about nurturing young children, you can identify and enroll in the training programmes listed in Early Childhood Teacher Training Courses.

(b) View the Training Programmes for in-service employees

For in-service EC eductors who wish to embark on professional development, you can identify and enrol in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes on ONE@ECDA to acquire new capabilities or strengthen existing skills.


(c) View the Training Programmes for Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies or GSCs)

These are programmes through which individuals can acquire the Critical Core Skills (CCS), which are transferable and can be applied across sectors. The CCS facilitate employability by supporting individuals in acquiring relevant Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) for various job roles in different sectors. Please visit this link to access the list of CCS training programmes offered by the Institutes of Higher Learning.