Introduction

SEED Story

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Establishing of RTRC Asia

NTUC Childcare publicly announced in 1978 its plan to improve childcare facilities to meet the needs of working mothers, and to expand into new satellite new towns. With a deep belief that quality in early childhood care and education matters, the Regional Training and Resource Centre (RTRC Asia) was set up in 1989.

National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) took the lead in establishing our institute in collaboration with Bernard van Leer Foundation, a Dutch private philanthropic foundation who committed to fund and share knowledge about work in early childhood development.

Creating New Standards in Early Childhood Education

We introduced the Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education, validated by Wheelock College, USA. Even though there was no government funding, we proceeded with conviction of our vision and our desire to set standards in the field. People paid $5000 out of pocket to complete the diploma course when most of their salary was a little more than $1000.

We were happy to receive support and funding at a later stage, after a few years from the Workforce Skills Development funds, supported by the then Ministry of Community and Development.

Launch of SEED Institute

In 2009, RTRC Asia re-launched as the SEED Institute. As a leading institute in the field, we established the Centre for Research and Best Practices, to develop capabilities in research and dissemination of good practices.

In the same year, SEED was requested by MCYS to develop a place-and-train conversion programme for mid-career switchers who have either a polytechnic diploma or degree, so that they can graduate faster to be in the ECCE field.

Sharpening Focus & Going Global

From 1 January 2019, SEED Institute started sharpening 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.

Introduced Home-Based Learning

In 2020, NTUC First Campus partnered the Early Childhood Development Agency, anchor operators and MOE Kindergarten during the Circuit Breaker period to put together a pool of resources for Parents to access home-based learning activities on SEED Institute's KidzMatters.

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.


NTUC First Campus's SEED Institute

SEED Institute, an affiliated organisation of NTUC First Campus, with over 30 years of experiences in early childhood and family education. We believe that educators and parents should have the resources they need to support their children, thus we support them by providing a one-stop platform that offers insightful workshops, parenting tips and evidence-based information.

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Our Achievements

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Supporting & Empowering Professionals in Seychelles

99 Seychelles Teacher Assistants received the Professional Certificate for Early Childhood Care and Education on 11 December 2019.

This marks SEED Institute’s inaugural partnership with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MOEHRD) in Seychelles. During the programme, the Teacher Assistants were trained in Child Development theories and pedagogical practices.

Partnership with ECDA, Anchor Operations & MOE Kindergarten

In 2020, NTUC First Campus partnered the Early Childhood Development Agency, anchor operators and MOE Kindergarten during the Circuit Breaker period to put together a pool of resources for Parents to access home-based learning activities on SEED Institute's KidzMatters.

Partnering Temasek Foundation

KidzMatters aims to be the most credible family life education platform in Singapore. Partnering Temasek Foundation, KidzMatters will continue to share its points of view on early childhood development with parents and caregivers, by giving them access to a platform of actionable parenting tips developed from a curated repository of evidence-based knowledge.

Training Venues

Mountbatten Square

229 Mountbatten Road, #02-34,
Singapore 398007
Nearest MRT Station:
Mountbatten (CC7)

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Organisational Structure

Faculty Team

List of SEED Trainers

Academic Board

Dr Sum Chee Wah

Chairman

Dr Geraldine Zuzarte-Teo

Member

Mr Daniel Chua

Member

Ms Jenny Wong

Member

Ms Yip Kwai Heng

Member

Examination Board

Yip Kwai Heng

Chairman

Jenny Wong

Member

Daniel Chua

Member

CPE - PEI Registered Managers

Ms Chan Su Yee

Ms Hor Fong Lin

Ms Mindy Teo Simin

Ms Tan Chew Ping