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.

Working with Families

Working with Families

Chapter Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of working in partnership with families.
  • Consider whether the setting is accessible to families.
  • Describe the development of professional relationships with families with a range of needs.
  • Identify the need to protect early childhood staff.


This chapter explores how relationships between practitioners and families can be developed and sustained, to ensure that each child receives the best possible care and education at the start of their life. We cover the importance of communication and reflection in ensuring that settings are accessible and the diverse needs of families are recognised. Furthermore, we consider some of the challenges that families face, relating to mental health, disabilities, family breakdown and transitions. We believe that in this ...

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