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.
Chapter 6: Leading Developments Across a Setting or Settings
Leading Developments Across a Setting or Settings
- Describe the use of distributed leadership within and across early childhood settings.
- Consider one’s own development as a leader.
- Discuss ways to develop a culture of leadership.
- Consider theories of leading change within and across settings.[Page 84]
In Chapter 1 we identified that leadership can be enacted in different ways and by different practitioners within the setting. In this chapter, our focus is on leadership enacted by the person who is identified as the overall leader of the setting or setting. In the UK this person may be the setting owner, an appointed manager, a practice leader, or a teacher. A variety of titles are given to this role ...