Shaped by policy

The positioning of mentoring within the early years sector in Singapore

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The early childhood (EC) sector in Singapore comprises childcare centres and preschools for children from birth to age six, before starting school the year they turn seven. The EC sector positions mentoring in three ways: (i) as a quality indicator, (ii) as continuing professional development, and (iii) as a professional role. National policy developments in the sector reflect the importance of mentoring being recognised by the Singapore government as a pathway for career advancement of EC professionals (ECPs) as well as a strategic plan for improving program quality within EC centres. The Skills Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (SkillsFuture Singapore, 2016b) outlines three career pathways. The mentoring of educarers, teachers and leaders are detailed within these pathways. This chapter will discuss how the positioning of mentoring is reflected in national EC policies in Singapore, and how systemic decisions influence ECPs’ roles and responsibilities including pedagogical approaches adopted within local EC settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging the intersection of policy with pedagogy
EditorsLeanne Gibbs, Michael Gasper
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429844492, 9780429454035
ISBN (Print)9781138319257, 9781138319264
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameThinking about pedagogy in early childhood education


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Wong, S-L., Waniganayake, M., & Hadley, F. (2019). Shaped by policy: The positioning of mentoring within the early years sector in Singapore. In L. Gibbs, & M. Gasper (Eds.), Challenging the intersection of policy with pedagogy (pp. 85-101). (Thinking about pedagogy in early childhood education). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.