Capability Development for Pre-School Arts Instructors

The course is important for Artists who want to explore sharing their experiences in the early childhood education scene. This is a very delicate scene we are talking about, and being a good artist does not equate to being a good arts educator, and this is further augmented in the early childhood education scene as young children need educators to have a specific skill set in terms of pedagogy, management and an understanding of their developmental stages to work well with them. 

Natalie Tse, Music Educator

Participants of the Course


As NAC actively develops new programmes to broaden access to and deepen engagement in the arts in pre-schools and to provide more learning opportunities for arts instructors keen to work with us in this field, we are pleased to continue our partnership with SEED Institute in offering a 49-hr pedagogy course to all Pre-School arts instructors. 


Through this course, participants will learn how to engage children in meaningful creative experiences through purposeful play and arts activities. The course will equip participants with the necessary skills to design and deliver quality arts programmes for pre-school children and covers the following areas in early childhood education: 


  • Effective Engagement Strategies
  • Physical and Psychological Developmental Milestones of Children Aged 4 – 6
  • Integrating the Arts into an Early Childhood Curriculum Based on MOE Nurturing Early Learners: A Curriculum Framework for Kindergartens in Singapore
  • Early Childhood Lesson Planning
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Children’s Learning
  • Design of Learning Environments
  • Microteaching 





1. Take-home assignment - Lesson planning (30%) (to be graded based on grade scale)

Learner is to plan and submit an art lesson plan suitable for children from ages 4 to 6 years.


2. In class presentation (50%) (to be graded based on grade scale)

Based on the lesson plan produced from the in-class written assessment, learner carries out a section of the lesson plan to demonstrate the effective engagement strategies in facilitating an art learning experience.


3. Written reflection (20%) (to be graded based on grade scale)

Learner submits a one (1)-page reflection paper linking theories to practice.


To graduate from the Teaching the Arts in an Early Childhood Environment Programme, learners are required to:

  • Achieve at least 80% attendance of the course;
  • Complete the microteaching and all written assignments; and
  • Obtain a Pass Grade (minimum grade C) for all the assessments of the programme.





The full cost of training is $1,300 (excluding GST) per participant. 


Arts instructors who are approved to conduct programmes under NAC-AEP and arts instructors conducting NAC endorsed programmes under Education Unit (AISS, ACPG, AMS etc.) will only pay $130.00 per person after a 90% course fee subsidy


Non NAC-AEP instructors may be eligible for a 50% course fee subsidy (i.e. course fees at $650.00 per person) if the following criteria are met: 

  • Applicant possesses at least a Diploma in Art Form (or equivalent training especially in the case of traditional arts practitioners) AND
  • Applicant has at least 2 years of art-form teaching experience in pre-schools


The course is supported under the UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) and NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when they sign up. Terms and Conditions apply. For more information, please refer here.


Venue Course Dates and Timing (FOR 2019)* Register By

Classes will be held at 2 locations:

Bras Basah Trade Union House
73 Bras Basah Road, #07-01
Singapore 189556
(students can refer to the screen at the entrance for their training rooms)


Mountbatten Square – Courage Room
299 Mountbatten Road, #02-34
Singapore 398007

The students can refer to their schedule for the training location. 


January 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28

February 11, 14, 28

March 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21

April 2* (exception), 4


Timing: 6.45pm - 9.45pm 


*Please note that 2 April is a Tuesday.
*Schedule is subjected to change due to lecturer’s availability


16 November 2018



Please refer to the following material when applying:


Registration for the 2019 run has closed. Thank you for your interest in this programme.


For more information on the course and registration matters, please refer to the SEED Institute webpage here.

For enquiries on the course and registration matters, please write to

For information on subsidy eligibility, please write to



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