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 People

Leading People

Chapter Objectives

  • Consider the role of the leader in leading students, volunteers and employees within the setting.
  • Identify professional development as a mechanism of leadership.
  • Discuss the importance of recognising diversity and supporting employees to fulfil their potential.


In this chapter, we turn our attention to leadership in relation to working with a diverse range of people who attend the setting in a paid or voluntary capacity. Whether leaders work independently or as part of a group or wider network, we explore the relationships that early childhood professionals have with colleagues, volunteers and students who work directly or indirectly with young children and their families. The first part of the chapter focuses on ‘developing professionals’, namely individuals who are new ...

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