Singapore’s largest ECEC provider to invest S$20 million in teacher professional development
PCF Sparkletots has earmarked S$20 million over the next three years to spend on a learning and development program designed especially for their early education teachers.
The Straits Times reported that MP Josephine Teo announced this new commitment whilst visiting a preschool in her constituency in central Singapore on Tuesday.
The local news source goes on to note that PCF Sparkletots educates and cares for over 43,000 children across 360 preschools.
Ms Teo, who is also Minister for Manpower, commented that “For every teaching role, we have a matching learning and development strategy.”
The State of Singapore has embarked on an ambitious plan to improve it’s early learning infrastructure and capabilities via it’s ‘Transforming the early childhood sector to give every child a good start in life’ program.
The core of the plan is aimed at “leveraging innovation, deepening skills and enhancing careers to enable accessible, affordable and quality early childhood services” and focuses on three kety areas namely:
- An early childhood industry transformation map;
- More attractive career prospects for early childhood professionals; and
- Providing a good foundation in Mother Tongue Languages.
The program is being managed out of the Ministry of Family and Social Development.