Singapore University of Social Sciences

Contemporary Early Childhood Education Issues and Practice

Contemporary Early Childhood Education Issues and Practice (ECE503)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course provides a broad overview of the critical issues facing the field of early childhood education today. Some of these issues would relate to the provision of services for children, programme quality, pedagogy and assessment in view of current demands for accountability in early childhood care and education. These would encompass assumptions, beliefs and values underpinning young children's care and education and the challenges faced by parents. Issues on the training of early childhood educators for the workforce will also be examined and discussed, including issues on the roles of professionals in meeting the needs of young children and families.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • The policy agenda for early childhood services: accessibility, affordability, accountability and assessment
  • International provision of care and education for infants and young children
  • Exploring assumptions, beliefs and values underpinning young children's care and education
  • Examining and evaluating the quality and standards of early childhood care and education
  • Selecting the tools of assessment
  • Diversity, inclusion and learning in early childhood education
  • Local and contemporary issues in early childhood services
  • Challenges and issues faced by parents and families in early childhood education
  • Technology and media related issues in the lives of children and families
  • Transition in the early years and to primary schooling
  • Early childhood educators’ training and workforce issues in the early years
  • The roles and issues of early childhood educators in working with interdisciplinary teams

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse policy in terms of its historical content, goals, values, benefits and services provided
  • Appraise the influence of social-economic factors on the planning and development of policy for early childhood services
  • Examine the goals, values and strategies of planning and legislation
  • Critique the international perspectives on polices related to early childhood care and education
  • Evaluate recent early childhood issues and their impact on current practice
  • Propose recommendations to address issues to improve practice
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