New Manpower Plan unveiled to create more rewarding careers for Early Childhood Educators - Singapore

A new Early Childhood Manpower Plan was announced by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, at the Early Childhood Conference 2016. An annual event organised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), the conference was attended by over 1,200 educators this year.

The Early Childhood Manpower Plan is part of the national SkillsFuture movement and is a collaborative effort by ECDA, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), as well as key sector partners represented on the Early Childhood Sectoral Tripartite Committee. It reflects inputs and suggestions from educators, employers and parents. With this plan, ECDA hopes to attract another 4,000 educators to join the sector by 2020, from around 16,000 today.

Overall, the Early Childhood Manpower Plan envisions a sector that offers meaningful and rewarding careers for Singaporeans, and quality care and education for our children. To achieve this, it outlines three strategies to enable educators to have more opportunities to develop professionally, a more supportive working environment, and greater respect and recognition. This plan also builds on ongoing efforts to develop and support early childhood educators at every stage of their careers.

The whole press release and its related information and resources can be seen here: