This interdisciplinary core textbook looks at learning and development from birth to 19 years, and provides an accessible introduction to the common areas of study across the many roles supporting learning and development. There is coverage of common themes and issues, and theory is closely integrated with practice throughout. Chapters cover: physical development, cognitive development, social and emotional development, professionalism, leadership, quality and effectiveness, working with families, safeguarding and promoting well-being, transitions, and equality and inclusion.

Reflection points, workplace activities and professional development planners are all included, and these challenge readers and students to critically engage with theory in their own practice. The book focuses on the key areas of knowledge that all those working with children are required to study, and places them firmly in the context of working together to support children and young people.

Professional Relationships and Leadership in the Children and Young People's Workforce

Professional Relationships and Leadership in the Children and Young People's Workforce

Professional relationships and leadership in the children and young people's workforce
JaneMelvin, DeborahPrice and NadiaEdmond

Chapter Overview

This chapter will help you to reflect on leadership and management and effective working relationships within the childcare workforce as well as on how to develop appropriate skills and understandings.

By reading and engaging with the activities in this chapter, you will:

  • examine the concepts of leadership and management;
  • reflect on conditions for effective professional relationships;
  • consider issues of professional relationships in integrated working with children and young people.

Leadership and Management

Of the various reasons people have for working with children and young people, working relationships with other adults does not feature widely. Yet, if we took a straw poll of managers of preschools, nurseries, ...

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