- Discuss the meaning of leadership in the early childhood sector.
- Consider leadership of early childhood practice and the knowledge, skills and confidence required.
- Outline theories of leadership and their relevance to early childhood settings.[Page 8]
What does the word ‘leadership’ conjure up for you? For many people the term is associated with individual job roles, with a job description which includes leading a team or an organisation. Thus, ‘leadership’ can be seen as the role of the ‘big boss’, the person who has the authority to hire and fire. In this chapter we aim to convince you otherwise, that leadership in early childhood settings is not the exclusive role of those who have ‘leader’ in their job ...