Leadership in the early years is about using your knowledge, skills, personality and experience to positively influence practice. Every practitioner has the capacity to lead, and in doing so, improve opportunities for children and their families. Examining the various roles of early years practitioners, and the everyday challenges and opportunities they face, this book promotes leadership of early childhood practice by considering the following; • Who the leaders are, and what skills they require • The variety of ways a practitioner can lead within a setting • Key roles including the team leader and the key person • How to develop a culture of leadership • The importance of working with families and other professionals • Improving leading through reflective practice. Whether you are a room leader in an early childhood setting needing support in your leadership skills, a manager of an early childhood business, a leader of a nursery, a leader of practice or studying to become an early years practitioner this book is ideal for helping you improve your leadership skills.

Leading Children in their Learning

Leading Children in their Learning

Chapter Objectives

  • Consider the ways in which practitioners can take the lead to support children’s learning.
  • Consider how practitioners can support children’s development of leadership skills.

Introduction

This chapter will focus on two key themes: how practitioners lead children with their learning and how children can be supported in developing their own leadership skills. Within these concepts we shall explore how practitioners can work in partnership with children, as a means of ensuring that provision reflects their needs and interests. Additionally, we shall determine the roles that encompass leading children and how these fit within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

Children are at the very heart of early childhood care and education, and virtually ...

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