SEED Institute aims to strengthen and raise the quality of early education and related sectors such as community and social services in Singapore and internationally by supporting and empowering professionals who work in these settings. Through our practice-oriented training courses and learning support, we equip early childhood and related professionals with the knowledge, skills and competencies to nurture young children in their academic, emotional and social development. Recognising that parents play a pivotal role in their children’s education, we also offer courses to support parents in enriching their children’s learning.
Established by the NTUC in 1989, SEED Institute is one of the pioneers of early childhood development training in Singapore. Formerly known as the Regional Training and Resource Centre in Early Childhood Care and Education for Asia (RTRC Asia), it was set up in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, a private Dutch philanthropic foundation that funds and shares knowledge about best practices in early childhood development.
For 30 years, SEED Institute has played a pivotal role in providing a pathway towards fulfilling careers in early childhood education. Built upon a vision of providing children with a strong foundation across the infant-toddler and preschool ages, we educate, train and mentor educators, carers and leaders in the early childhood ecosystem so that they can give young children the best start in life.
From 2019, early childhood training has been consolidated under the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC), the new national training institute established by the Ministry of Education to deliver training to Singapore’s early childhood educators. In line with the new national framework to uplift the early childhood sector, SEED Institute’s early childhood courses (except for some selected courses) now come under the umbrella of the NIEC.
Many of the footprints made by SEED Institute in the Early Childhood sector in Singapore, stemmed from personal dreams and aspirations of the pioneers working with the organisation. To read about these milestones and the vision, hard work and perseverance put in by our leaders, staff and all the students, you can download the full here:
Shaping the growth of future generations
From 1 January 2019, SEED Institute has sharpened our focus to offer practice-oriented training, consultancy services, as well as online and offline resources targeted at professionals in the early childhood and related sectors, as well as parents with young children.
As the early childhood landscape evolves, we continue to tap on our deep industry expertise to engage with key stakeholders in the early childhood care and education (ECCE) community in Singapore and internationally. From our new premises at Mountbatten Square, we are spearheading new initiatives to inspire a new generation of teachers, educators, carers and parents so that they can help young children to thrive, learn and grow.
What we do
Play and learn together with your child. You play a critical role in shaping your children’s future and enriching their learning journey. Founded on the belief that parents should have the resources they need to support their children, Parents College is a platform that helps to enhance your parenting skills.
Through our workshops and online resources, parents can play an active role to raise and nurture children into inquisitive and lifelong learners.
We offer quality training and continuous learning opportunities to early childhood educators and professionals in the arts, aviation, community and social services sectors, so that they can keep abreast of best practices in early childhood and remain relevant in their careers.
Through our workshops and courses, we aim to create a dedicated community of early childhood educators in the ECCE and related sectors in Singapore and internationally.
Managers of Private Education Institution (PEI)
Mr Chan Tee Seng
Chief Executive Officer
NTUC First Campus Co-operative Ltd
Ms Hor Fong Lin
Chief Financial Officer
NTUC First Campus Co-operative Ltd
Academic & Examination Board
Chan Tee Seng
Dr Connie Lum
Thian Ai Ling
Dr Geraldine Zuzarte
Yip Kwai Heng
Alfred Benedict Chan
Learning from the Very Best
High quality training must begin with high quality trainers, and SEED Institute offers the advantage of the largest multi-disciplinary team of full time trainers, each backed by years of early childhood experience garnered through working with children, parents and the community.
Our teaching faculty's professional experience spans teaching and supervision in early childhood programmes, including specialised areas such as special needs education, parent education and social work. Placing top priority on the welfare of our students, they teach with a holistic, student-centered approach that emphasises caring for the well-being of every student.
Full Time Faculty Members
YIP KWAI HENG
Senior Early Childhood Programme Lead
Senior Manager, Programme Development and Learning Design
Assistant Manager, Programme Development and Learning Design
Senior Specialist, Development
List of SEED Trainers
All the classrooms in our training venues are fully equipped with projector, whiteboard and flipchart.