In this accessible and informative step-by-step guide, early years consultant Debbie Garvey provides leaders and managers with best practice tips and advice for developing their performance management skills in early years settings.
Drawing on current research and the author's wealth of experience in the field, each chapter sets out effective performance management techniques that leaders can apply to their workplaces, on topics such as staff development, recruitment, appraisals, conflict management, feedback and evaluation, mentoring and coaching and health and wellbeing. Grounded in an understanding of neuroscience and brain development, this practical book provides advice on how to ensure a safe and motivational environment for both children and staff to develop, whatever their needs.
Designed to support new and existing managers, the book includes reflective exercises, key theories and case studies to enable leaders to develop a style suited to their team and setting, ensuring children are given the best possible support during their first and most crucial development stage.
Debbie Garvey is an experienced and highly respected early years consultant and author. She established Stonegate Training Consultancies in 2007, which runs bespoke training and consultancy programmes for early years and playwork practitioners and has delivered training to over 25,000 early years professionals. She and Andrea Lancaster are the authors of Leadership for Quality in Early Years and Playwork.
List of Tables and Figures. About the Author. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Brain Development Neuroscience & Staff Development. 2. The Role of Adult Learning in Performance Management. 3. Using Performance Management Techniques. 4. Supporting Staff Development. 5. Using Feedback and Evaluation. 6. Conflict Management. 7. Continuing Personal Development and Lifelong Learning. Endnote: Reflecting on Performance Management. Bibliography. Index.