Share this Job

Hourly Paid Preschool Mandarin Teacher

Date: 12-Oct-2021

Location: Singapore, East Asia, SG

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.


Job Title : Pre-school Mandarin Teacher (Hourly Paid)

Contract Type : Fixed Term, 12 month (Renewable)

Pay band: S$ 19.67 (Point 1, B Scale) to S$ 26.11 (Point 4, A Scale)
Location: Singapore


Role Purpose:

•To deliver quality preschool teaching and support effective learning

•To provide engaging learning experiences beyond the classroom

•To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission


About British Council Singapore:

British Council Singapore has four centres (Napier Road, Tampines, Marsiling and Toa Payoh)


The Napier Road Centre occupies its own custom built building next to the British High Commission, just outside the main tourist belt in a salubrious residential area. Here we run adult academic, general and business English courses, and courses for secondary, primary and preschool school children. The Teacher Development Centre is also based here.


The Tampines Centre is located in the east of the island in the first Carbon-neutral building in Singapore. It has 9 classrooms and offers courses for preschool, primary and secondary school children. It also houses the first Full-time Pre-school in the region. It is a busy centre located in the bustling eastern suburb of Tampines.


The Marsiling Centre, an 8 - classroom centre, opened in June 2003, accommodates courses for preschool, primary and secondary school children. Located in the heartlands of Singapore, the centre has a strong community atmosphere. The centre is on the 3rd and 4th floor of a community centre in Marsiling, located in the north of the island.


The Toa Payoh Centre is a 15-classroom centre that opened in August 2009. The centre accommodates courses for preschool, primary and secondary school children, adult General and Business English courses. The Professional Development Centre (PDC), which runs business communications skills and management training courses, is also based here. The centre is on the 9th floor of the HDB Hub, an office and shopping complex, located in the centre of the island. The Toa Payoh area is high density and serviced by excellent transport links, with a bus interchange and MRT station within the complex itself.


We also run contracts offsite throughout Singapore for both companies and MOE schools on a regular basis.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

Delivering preschool teaching to the highest standards

•Enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world authority in teaching

•Continuing professional development and sharing of best practices

•Ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and well-being of children

•Effective communication and engagement with children and their families

•Knowledge and understanding of child development and its impact on learning and behavior

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience:

Language requirements

GCE ‘O’ Level B4 for Chinese Language; or

•HSK Level 6 for Chinese Language; or

•Other acceptable alternatives according to ECDA guidelines

Essential Requirements

Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE), previously known as Diploma in Pre-school Teaching

•ECDA Teacher Certification at L2 (EL)


Additional Information:

Income tax is between 2-22% depending on total actual income. It is paid one year in arrears and staff are responsible for submitting the necessary tax forms and arranging payment.  Payment is usually demanded as one lump sum but instalments can be arranged as long as you do this before you receive your assessment



Closing Date –31st Oct 2021- 19:29 UK time


A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


  If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org