With the rapid change experienced by the Early Years Workforce over recent times, this book considers what constitutes professionalization in the sector, and what this means in practice. Bringing a critical perspective to the developing knowledge and understanding of early years practitioners at various stages of their professional development, it draws attention to key themes and issues.

Chapters are written by leading authorities and researchers in the field, and provide case studies from practice, and questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking.

Topics covered include:

leading and managing in the early years; reflective journeys; constructions of professional identities; men in the early years; multi-disciplinary working in the early years; professionalization in the nursery; child care practitioners and professionalization; early childhood leadership and policy.

With staggered levels of Further Reading, the editors and contributors provide a rich source of material that encourages reflection and promotes progression.

Leading and Managing in the Early Years

Leading and managing in the early years


In this chapter, I offer some definitions of ‘leadership’ and ‘management’ in an early years context and explore the distinctive and distinguishing features of each. Within the contemporary children's workforce in England, there are two key roles in leadership and management: that of leading and managing an organization and that of leading practice. Often, in small private nurseries and voluntary pre-schools, the roles combine but each is distinctive and it is only relatively recently that concerted attention – either from government or within the academic community – has been given to them. The task of leading and managing integrated children's centres is being supported through the National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre ...

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