Aligned to the Early Childhood Industry Transformation Map (ITM), the Early Childhood Industry Digital Plan (EC IDP) is part of the SMEs Go Digital programme that aims to make going digital simple for SMEs.
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), in partnership with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and industry partners, has jointly developed the EC IDP to guide preschool operators in their digital transformation efforts. It provides them with a step-by-step guide on the digital solutions to adopt at each stage of their growth. The IDP will continue to be updated over time as the industry progresses and newer, more relevant technologies are introduced.
Who is it for
The Early Childhood IDP is developed for preschool operators. It supports non-SMEs as well, including preschools, registered charities, institutions of public character (IPCs) and other social service agencies (SSA) operators.
The IDP provides a step-by-step guide on the digital solutions to adopt at each stage of your growth. For a start, you can use the IDP to find out if your business is digital-ready.
You can refer to the Digital Roadmap of the IDP, as a guide to assess your digital readiness and identify opportunities for going digital and training to raise employees' digital skills.
Advisory and Consultancy
- Basic Advisory
To get a more comprehensive review of your business, you can approach the SME Centre business advisors for free business diagnosis and advisory on digital solutions relevant to your operations.
- Specialist Consultancy
SMEs requiring specialist consultancy on more advanced digital solutions will be referred by the SME Centre business advisors to Principal Consultants at the SME Digital Tech Hub.
To make it easy for preschool operators to adopt digital solutions recommended in the EC IDP, IMDA provides a list of pre-approved solutions assessed to be market-proven, cost-effective and supported by reliable vendors. More preapproved solutions will be offered, beyond the current SMART Solutions initiative.
To encourage preschool operators to start adopting the EC IDP, ECDA will be introducing a new sectoral funding scheme that preschool operators may apply for to defray some of the costs of adopting pre-approved digital solutions recommended in the IDP. Details on the funding scheme will be provided in the second half of 2021.
Please visit ECDA's website for more information.
Funding support is also available for SMEs to adopt pre-approved Business Capabilities solutions through the Productivity Solutions Grant. SMEs can visit GoBusiness Gov Assist for the list of such solutions and the Business Grants Portal to apply for the grant.