‘This book introduces an intriguing juxtaposition of “caring” alongside “effective”, and it is a thought-provoking book. Including examples of early years leaders on their own reflective learning journeys, it provides a rich source of ideas for relational leadership that are firmly based in research and professional experience.’
- Professor Margaret Carr, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Effective and caring leadership is an essential part of raising standards and increasing the quality of learning in early childhood settings. This book explains leadership practices that can make a positive difference to the provision offered and improve outcomes for both children and families.
With theoretical, practical and research-informed perspectives, this book: Uses case studies to provide examples of effective leadership; Integrates education and care with key practices in effective leadership; Explores directional, collaborative, empowering and pedagogical leadership; Offers readers opportunity to reflect upon their own leadership practices
This is a key text for anyone studying Early Childhood, existing and aspiring leaders, graduate Early Years Leaders and those training to work in settings, schools and children's services.
Professor Iram Siraj is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Dr. Elaine Hallet is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Part 3: Reflective Leadership
While teaching students about being reflective and inquiring practitioners, Felicity, an experienced teacher leader in a Montessori school, gave me the following quotation about being reflective which she had found during her reading:
The creative reflective cycle could be thought of, like a breath, as a ...