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 Other Professionals

Working with Other Professionals

Chapter Objectives

  • Discuss the various ways in which interprofessional working is experienced.
  • Consider the role of the early childhood leader within a multi-skilled environment.
  • Identify the specialist roles that an early childhood leader may take on.
  • Discuss the ways in which an early childhood leader can work with staff from other professions.


In Chapter 7, we discussed some of the more challenging aspects of practice that arise from working with families, which may be outside of an early childhood leader’s professional remit. In this chapter we shall explore how practitioners collaborate with other agencies and professionals across the education, health and social care sectors. There are three sections related to working with other professionals who support ...

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