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‘…a major contribution to the limited literature and research on leadership in childhood education.’ – Professor Tony Bush, Editor of Educational Management, Administration and Leadership.

‘This important book focuses clearly on evidence, describing the realities of leading and managing settings in times of rapid policy changes. Carol Aubrey manages to combine theory, research and practice in a book that will be invaluable to a new generation of early years professionals.’ – Angela Anning, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Leeds, UK

‘..skilfully draws on sound empirical research to present a grounded theory model for leadership in early years education. …of interest to researchers, students and practitioners internationally.’ – Professor Nithi Muthukrishna, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This Second Edition of Leading and Managing in the Early Years explores and integrates leadership and management practice with a real understanding of early years settings.

Revised and updated, this new edition includes: - Two new chapters on private day care and reflective practice and action research; - Further coverage of reflective practice and reflective leadership skills; - More on EYPS as well as integrated centre leadership; - Practical suggestions for working with resistant groups and individuals.

Carol Aubrey investigates different concepts and characteristics of Early Childhood (EC) leadership as well as the roles and responsibilities of EC leaders. She also explores the types of leadership programmes or development which are needed to maximise the effectiveness of EC leaders.

This book is essential reading for students in Early Childhood courses, Early Years Practitioners and local authority employees involved with the integrated centres initiative.

Carol Aubrey is Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Warwick.

‘I Don't Like the Idea of Making a Profit … Exploiting Those on Low Wages …’

‘I don't like the idea of making a profit … exploiting those on low wages …’

This chapter revisits leaders' and Practitioners' views on entrepreneurial and business-oriented approaches to early education and childcare. It aims to review what leadership meant to our participants in respect of business and entrepreneurship; evaluate their perceived roles, responsibilities and characteristics in relation to business and entrepreneurship; and link their views to broader national and international policy trends and divisions between care and education.

5.1 Introduction

One significant area of leadership where ambivalent and contradictory attitudes by project leaders and staff could be discerned, related to their views concerning business and entrepreneurial skills. Indeed, this mixed and ...

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