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Assistant Director, Early Childhood and Inclusion

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Lengkok Bahru
Categories: Management, Education

AWWA is looking for a dynamic early childhood leader who is driven to shape young minds of the future by redefining learning experiences.

  • The ideal candidate is someone who has sound knowledge of early childhood and preschool practices, the ability to curate a holistic curriculum, innately understands the value of inclusion in early childhood settings, and is passionate about actively advocating for more inclusive practices to be adopted across the sector by working with concordant private partners, community members, and government agencies.
  • The incumbent will play a part in our aspiration of making Singapore’s first inclusive preschool, Kindle Garden, a centre of excellence, take charge of the Development Support/Learning Support service in AWWA, and plan a sustained roster of AWWA Inclusion Experts Series sessions. Prior work experience or knowledge of Early Intervention practices is a bonus.

Job Responsibilities 

Kindle Garden (KG) Preschool

  • Support KG’s aspiration of being a centre of excellence by working with the Principal to:
  • Ensure curriculum plans are evidence-based, holistic, and effective in unlocking the potential of each child to achieve key developmental milestones pegged to sectoral requirements, and based on their individual abilities
  • Be responsible for providing quality care and learning through ensuring qualified staff are rightly assigned and provide stimulating and curated opportunities for children to develop at their own pace
  • Be a role model and monitor high-quality practices and process (e.g. financial reports, safety and maintenance checks) to support the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the preschool
  • Encourage a culture of excellence in all setting activities through an emphasis on continuous improvements
  • Identify, build and lead partnerships with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), government bodies, other preschool partners, community members, private partners and caregivers so that KG remains a trailblazer in the early childhood space
  • Liaise with the Head of AWWA Youth Disability Services and AWWA School Principals to ensure a more seamless transition to primary schools for graduating students
  • Work with the Assistant Director (Children Disability), to support cross-practice sharing and enhance the integration of early childhood and early intervention programmes in AWWA

Development Support/Learning Support (DS/LS)

  • Lead the multi-professional DS/LS team to ensure the efficient execution and ramping up of preschool support cycles throughout the year
  • Work with preschool operators to support the needs of children with mild developmental needs within a mainstream preschool setting
  • Optimise the use of assets and resources to ensure staff are adequately trained and deployed

AWWA Inclusion Experts Series (AIES)

  • The AIES in-person talks/webinars bring together professionals of diverse backgrounds, thus allowing them to gain insights, acquire new inclusion-related information and enhance their skillsets so that they can mindfully work towards practising better inclusion across various settings.
  • Suggest overarching themes, and talking points to plan a calendar of AIES sessions for the year. Sessions should be in alignment with current/relevant trends.
  • Seek out suitable keynote speakers and possible panel members
  • Exercise autonomy in the structure/format of the AIES sessions and define intended outcomes for each AIES session’s overall theme


  • Degree/Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education or higher
  • Registered and certified with ECDA as L2 with Leadership
  • At least eight years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of financial and budget management. Event management skills is a bonus.
  • Solid skills in programme advocacy and good interpersonal skills

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