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.

Introduction

Introduction

Leadership is a hot topic for early childhood and we advocate the use of leadership for all those who work in the field of early childhood education and care. The early childhood workforce has the potential to impact positively on the development of children and families. We have written this book to promote this potential through recognising the importance of leadership within the wide range of roles in the early childhood workforce. We use the terms ‘practitioner’ and ‘professional’ interchangeably in its chapters to identify the workers within the early childhood workforce. The book also makes use of examples of leadership from practice and will be useful for practitioners who are room leaders, team leaders and key persons, as well as leaders of settings, ...

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