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.

The Key Person

The Key Person

Chapter Objectives

  • Identify the role of the key person in supporting children’s emotional development.
  • Consider the key person role from the point of view of the child and the family.
  • Discuss the need for emotional resilience in the key person.
  • Recognise the importance of leadership within the key person role.
  • Consider the skill of communication as part of the key person role.

Introduction

This chapter is about the importance of strong relationships with children and their families. Its focus rests on the role of the key person, and how that role can be enacted through leadership in a way that promotes positive relationships for children, families and members of staff. The significance of the role in the social and ...

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