Coaching in early childhood education can take place in a variety of settings and can occur throughout the course of a person’s career in this field. However, the concept and purpose of coaching remains relatively the same across settings and professional life stages. Coaching can be defined as a voluntary, interactive process between a coach and a learner who both engage in observation, reflection, and learning to support the learner’s acquisition of knowledge, skills, or dispositions. This entry provides information about the essential elements of coaching in early childhood, including components to successful coaching relationships, stages of coaching, various structures for coaching, and the benefits of engaging in coaching relationships.


Increasingly, coaching in early childhood education is becoming a much sought after approach to professional development ...

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