Programme Overview

Announcement: In line with the advisory update from Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) on 30-December-2021, only fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to register for this programme. You will be considered fully vaccinated if the end date of the programme is within 270 days after the last primary dose, or you have taken your booster shot.

Course Reference Number: TGS-2018501984

Become a qualified relief staff in early childhood education

Join the WSQ Relief Staff Programme – Skills Framework so you can learn how to look after the needs of children aged 18 months to 6 years in childcare centres or pre-schools. A training programme developed by the SEED Institute and supported by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and SkillsFuture (SSG) [formerly known as the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA)], the programme will help you to understand how children learn and develop, how to relate with children, and how to meet their needs. Through 80 hours of in-class training and 30 hours of supervised field practicum, you will gain the necessary experience to be a qualified relief staff. Following the programme, you will be able to provide support to pre-schools in carrying out non-structured play and other activities such as storytelling, singing songs and rhymes, conducting simple art activities and assisting in outdoor activities. In addition, routine care activities such as diaper changing, showering, feeding and preparation for bedtime will be a major part of your role.

Programme Outline:

Please download the following document for details on our programme outline:

WSQ Relief Staff Programme – Skills Framework - Module Details

Download RSP59 Course Schedule Download Letter of Undertaking - COMPULSORY for submission Download PSEA Form - For students who wish to pay for course fees via PSEA Download Medical Form - COMPULSORY to be submitted 1 week after receiving payment invoice You will need to undergo pre-employment medical tests prior to working in a childcare centre. If we do not receive your medical report before class commencement, you will not be able to join the programme. For enquiry, please write to Regulation and Standards, Early Childhood Development Agency at As you would be interacting with preschool children for a total of 30 hours in your Field Practicum as part of the course, we need to be informed of your vaccination status. Please email your proof of vaccination to us at upon your registration. Should you need to do the ART during your field practicum in the preschools, purchase of ART kit will be at own cost.

In line with MTF’s direction to keep the workforce safe, from 1 January 2022, only preschool staff who are fully vaccinated, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 270 days, can return to the preschool. Unvaccinated staff will not be allowed to return to the preschool unless they have tested negative for COVID-19. The test should be a Pre-Event Test (PET) at an MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider, and must be valid for the duration that the staff is required to be present at the preschool for the day.

Unvaccinated staff who are medically eligible for vaccination will have to pay the costs of PET and show the results to the preschool principal or appointed staff when reporting for work at the preschool. For staff who are certified medically ineligible for vaccination, more details will be shared at a later date ahead of 1 Jan 2022.

Join us if you answer 'Yes!' to these questions


Looking for ad-hoc/part-time positions?


Passion for Children?


Want to try working in the Early Childhood sector?

Who Should Join?

This course is suitable for: * Jobseekers who are interested in getting a taste of working in the early childhood education sector before deciding to become a full-fledged early childhood educator * Individuals such as stay-at-home mothers or those looking for flexible working arrangements who are keen to work in the sector on an ad-hoc or part-time basis Entry Requirements: * Successfully completed Secondary 2 education AND * 21 years old & above

Programme Schedule

RSP59: 25 Oct - 28 Nov 2022 (LAST INTAKE)

9:30 am – 12 noon: 1 day

9 am – 2 pm: 15 days

9 am – 5 pm: 1 day

Supervised Field Practicum:

8:30 am – 1:30 pm: 6 days

Please refer to the course schedule above for the exact dates.

Other than the Supervised Field Practicum, the remaining modules will be taught online via zoom.

Last intake for WSQ Relief Staff Programme - Skills Framework. Registration for RSP59 closed on 21-Sep-2022.

Programme Fee

Registration Fee: $21.40 (inclusive of 7% GST)

No funding: $2118.60 Full fees applicable for non-Singaporeans and non-Permanent Residents.

SSG funding: $1,128.60 Applicable to Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP+) Holders only. Terms & Conditions apply.

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy: $732.60 Applicable for Singaporeans, aged 40 years & above only.

This course is eligible under the SkillsFuture Credit Scheme.

Self-sponsored applicants who are NTUC members enjoy UTAP funding for up to 50% of the unfunded programme fee, capped at $250 per year (for those below 40years old) or $500 per year (for those 40 years old & above). Prevailing terms & conditions apply.


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