The 1-Year Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (DECS) programme introduces students to foundation concepts in Early Childhood Education, and also equips them with knowledge and skills in general education. It prepares students for the 2-year Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (HDECE) or immediate employment as paraprofessionals in the ECE sector.
The DECS programme includes 4 ECE courses and 2 weeks of Early Childhood Placement in kindergartens/ECE settings under the supervision of kindergarten teachers. It provides an invaluable initial experience for students to observe how teachers and children interact and how children learn in ECE setting.
DECS graduates can look for paraprofessional jobs that requires some knowledge and training in ECE. Examples are teaching assistants, playgroup teachers, playgroup assistants.
Applicants who cannot meet the stipulated minimum admission requirements and mature applicants of age 20 or above by 1 September of the year of admission may be considered for admission based on individual merits.