Leadership in the early years is about using your knowledge, skills, personality and experience to positively influence practice. Every practitioner has the capacity to lead, and in doing so, improve opportunities for children and their families.
Examining the various roles of early years practitioners, and the everyday challenges and opportunities they face, this book promotes leadership of early childhood practice by considering the following;
* Who the leaders are, and what skills they require
* The variety of ways a practitioner can lead within a setting
* Key roles including the team leader and the key person
* How to develop a culture of leadership
* The importance of working with families and other professionals
* Improving leading through reflective practice.
Whether you are a room leader in an early childhood setting needing support in your leadership skills, a manager of an early childhood business, a leader of a nursery, a leader of practice or studying to become an early years practitioner this book is ideal for helping you improve your leadership skills.
Geraldine Davis is a Principal Lecturer and Director of the Doctorate in Education at Anglia Ruskin University. She has worked in higher education for 14 years, following work as a teacher in schools, colleges and within the health sector. She led the Masters degree in Early Years Professional Practice between 2010 and 2015. Geraldine led a funded research project to explore the link between leadership in the early childhood workforce and outcomes for children from 2010 - 2013. She co-edited the third edition of `An Introduction to Early Childhood' with Professor Tim Waller in 2014 and wrote the chapter `Leadership and Change Management in Early Childhood'. Gemma Ryder is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London. She started her career as a qualified Nursery Nurse and has worked in private and voluntary early childhood settings with the birth to five age group. She has worked closely with private and state schools and day nurseries as an Early Years Work Placement Coordinator at a college of further education and has acted as a trainer, assessor and mentor on the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and Early Years Initial Teacher Training programmes. Gemma is passionate about leadership and workforce development, which has been an integral part of her own research.
Chapter 1: Learning to Lead Chapter 2: Leading Children in their Learning Chapter 3: The Room Leader Chapter 4: The Key Person Chapter 5: Leading People Chapter 6: Leading developments across a setting or settings Chapter 7: Working with Families Chapter 8: Working with Other Professionals Chapter 9: Improving leading through reflection