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Leading from the Ground: Challenges and Possibilities in the Early Childhood Sector

20 February, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm

Singapore’s early childhood sector has gained national attention over the last few years, with increased funding for sectoral improvements. The drive towards improving accessibility, affordability, and quality of the services produced has been accompanied by stronger regulatory control, which has demanded swift adaptation by preschool providers and practitioners.

This discussion aims to explore the challenges and possibilities of managing such changes, from the ground. The three-member panel will share their insights in the management of these policy changes in practice with a focus on sharing their experience of managing staff, centre development and leadership.



Ms Shaireen Selamat 
Ph.D. Student in Education, University of Warwick

Shaireen’s career in the early childhood industry has spanned 20 years. She began as a preschool teacher progressing to roles as a curriculum developer, principal  and lecturer. She has worked in various types of preschools settings in Singapore and also trained teachers and principals within the ASEAN region. She is currently completing her PhD with the University of Warwick with a research focus in early childhood leadership.

Dr Jacqueline Chung
Senior Principal and Academic Director, St James’ Preschool Services

Dr Jacqueline Chung is the Senior Principal and Academic Director overseeing 3 St. James’ Church Kindergarten campuses and 7 Little Seeds preschools under St. James’ Preschool Services. Jacqueline received the Singapore Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Outstanding Early Childhood Leader Award in 2014 and was appointed an ECDA Fellow in Singapore in 2015 in recognition of her leadership contributions to the sector. She is listed in the 2015 Directory of Exceptional Master Leaders by Exchange Leadership Initiative, USA in 2017.

Ms Loy Wee Mee
Executive Director, Pre-school By-the-Park 

Wee Mee started her career in the consulting industry after graduating from NUS with an accounting degree and subsequently left to pursue her Masters in Melbourne Business School. She returned to Singapore and joined management at a multinational company. Driven by her love of children and belief in building confident thinkers, Wee Mee left the corporate behind to start Pre-school By-the-Park in 1999. Wee Mee’s life mission now is to organically nurture leaders and educators who are willing to create change and challenge the status quo in the conventional early childhood industry.


Admission is free.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speaker in this talk are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.


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