Aspiring early childhood educators and those who wish to enter the preschool education sector can expect more support, as a new diploma scholarship programme is now being offered by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) and Serangoon District Catholic parishes.

The programme aims to recruit students who are passionate about working with young children, who desire to be groomed to be future leaders for Catholic preschools, and who are committed to pursuing a full-time diploma in Early Childhood Education.

A Memorandum of Understanding between ACCS and Serangoon District parishes was signed on Nov 6 this year, offering a scholarship that hopes to attract young educators to bring in new vibrancy and creativity into preschool classrooms, especially in a time where early childhood education is seeing increasing demand.

“The educational mission of our Catholic preschools is to be agents of the Good News of Christ,” explains Ms Merilyn Dasson, project director for Catholic preschools.

Participants in the programme can expect to receive a full course sponsorship, a study allowance, as well as funding for additional professional development. This includes specialised courses offered by the polytechnics in art, speech, and special needs. The total value of the scholarship is $12,000 for three years of study.

The scholarship scheme is available to Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who meet the requirements to be enrolled as full-time students in the Early Childhood Education diploma courses offered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic.

There are 19 Catholic preschools operating across Singapore today, five of which are in the Serangoon District Parishes – Catholic Kindergarten, Nativity Church Kindergarten, St Anne’s Church Kindergarten, St Francis Xavier Kindergarten, and St Vincent De Paul Kindergarten.

Through a two-year bond with one of these five preschools, the scholarship programme also offers job security to participants after graduation.

Fr Henry Siew, chairman for Serangoon District parishes shared, “The district is appreciative to ACCS for the training and resource provision to our kindergarten staff. We hope that Catholics who are called to serve as early childhood educators will join our kindergartens and exercise their role in witnessing to the Gospel of Christ, scattering the seeds of faith and charity in the hearts of the children.”

To find out more about the scholarship, visit http://accs.sg/scholarship2015/

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