Background and Objective: Leadership development among young children has remain an abstract concept in traditional school setting, especially in the Early Childhood Education centers. Teachers are lacking a clear definition of who a child leader is. Research on the aspect of leadership focusing on Filipino children is scanty. In addition, little material is available to teachers’ perception on leadership among Filipino preschool children. There is no existing instrument focusing on leadership in young children in the Philippines. This study will explore the Early Childhood Education teachers’ perception on child leadership and the development of a survey instrument to validate the teachers’ child leadership recognition.

Methods and Findings: Exploratory Sequential Mixed Methods Research (MMR) Design was selected in order to broadly explore and analyze the Kindergarten teachers’ perception on child leadership. Focus Group Discussion was first conducted with ten (10) private school teachers for the qualitative part of the study.  The top five (5) leadership descriptors that emerged are : sought out by peers; responsible; empathetic; communicates well; and collaborative.  The twenty-five (25) items of the Leadership in Young Filipino Children Survey (LYFCS)* was prepared according to the results obtained from the FGD, and was assessed using a Likert-type response format. Ninety-five (95) Child Development Center teachers, selected through purposive sampling technique, participated in the quantitative part.

Conclusion: By using an exploratory sequential mixed methods research design to uncover the kindergarten teachers’ perception of leadership in young children, the tool Leadership in Young Filipino Children Survey (LYFCS)* was unveiled.

Keywords: Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development, Young Filipino Children, Early Childhood Education Teachers, Survey.

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