Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
The Multi-Disciplinary Programme for Enhancing Child Development aims to strengthen the capabilities of KidSTART practitioners working with young children from low-income families with competencies across child development, health and social work domains for effective early childhood intervention. This will enable the practitioners to better meet the multiple needs of young children, support their holistic development and ensure that they have a strong foundation for a good start in life.
The multi-disciplinary training programme comprises two parts:
1. A foundational training programme conducted by NYP
The Foundational Training, conducted by NYP in collaboration with KKH and the National Institute of Early Childhood Development, provides practitioners with limited or no prior work experience with young children from low-income families, with a better understanding of the challenges faced by the families. Basic concepts and theories around child development, health and nutrition and social work domains will be covered in applied learning.
2. An in-service training programme conducted by SUSS
The specialised training programme which comprises seven Continuing Education and Training (CET) modules aims to equip KidSTART practitioners with deeper knowledge and skills to effectively support KidSTART families. A completion of all CET modules will culminate in a Certificate in Child and Family Intervention