Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Education


Faculty of Education

First Supervisor

Dr Dawn Butterworth


The purpose of this study was; (a) to describe the current situation of child care provision in Singapore; (b) to define the meaning of leadership and the responsibilities involved in effective leadership in a child care setting; and (c) to investigate and describe the leadership roles that child care centre supervisors need to perform in the day to day running of their centres from the perspective of the child care supervisors. A total of 15 supervisors from the private sector were interviewed in-depth. They were asked to describe all facets of their leadership roles in their centres. The results of this study suggest strongly that the child care centre supervisors are relatively young and inexperienced. Most of them have very little training in management and leadership skills. Many have acquired management and leadership knowledge through trial and error. Therefore, more systematic and effective training needs to be employed before most of them can become effective leaders in the child care profession.