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.

Improving Leading Through Reflection

Improving Leading Through Reflection

Chapter Objectives

  • Consider the meaning and value of reflecting on practice.
  • Discuss opportunities to reflect both alone and with others.
  • Undertake reflection on practice.
  • Identify the use of reflection within the role of the leader.
  • Consider the dangers of reflection.

Introduction

This chapter is about using reflection to enhance your leadership skills. We hope that you will find some of the ideas familiar, but others may well be new to you. If you already use reflection to consider your practice you will know how useful it can be, and how it can lead to changes which will benefit yourself, as well as the children and families and other staff. We see reflection as a vital element of ...

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