This book looks at the challenges of restructuring services and working with people with different training and working practices. It suggests that the way staff work together will impact on the service offered to children and their families. It explains how to be an effective member of the team and encourage confident and open communication between colleagues. It looks at what makes an effective team; discusses how the organisational set-up affects the practice positively or negatively; suggests ways for creating listening environments where colleagues can discuss differences; and emphasises the importance of developing professional learning together.
Mary Stacey has been an independent trainer and consultant in the public and voluntary sector since 1988. Her main focus is on staff development and improving communication in organisations - written, verbal and organizational. She has extensive experience working with groups and individuals managing change and developing new roles. She is interested in developing ways in which equality of opportunity is integrated into practice at all levels.
Setting the scene: the Early Years Professional within the team The nature of teamwork Looking at your organisation Communicating assertively with your team Meeting together: creating listening forums Developing professional learning together Managing change Taking part in a multi-agency team Appendices