Do you need good leaders to achieve good quality or does good quality create good leadership? Quality is a term frequently used to describe early years provision without any further explanation of exactly what this ‘quality provision’ looks like or how it can be achieved. This book not only unpicks what is meant by the term ‘quality’ in England, across the UK, and beyond, but it does so in the context of how to lead in order to develop and achieve quality. In exploring quality and leadership and the ways in which both terms have been conceptualised from a range of different perspectives you will be able to find a meaning that is right for you and your practice. With chapters covering: • The global interest in quality • The broad nature of early childhood leadership • Reflective evaluation and practice This book will be of interest to setting and room leaders across the early years as well as students studying early childhood or in early years teacher training.
Chapter 1: Why An Interest In Quality?
Why An Interest In Quality?
In this chapter, we consider who has an interest in the quality of early years services and why. We look at how the interest in quality early years services spans the globe. This global interest is reflected in how global organisations advocate the importance of early years services and how individual countries look to invest in quality early years services. We consider that, whether contemplating the interest in quality early years as a global issue or a country-level one, the interest in quality will be shaped by views on the role of early years services. We therefore discuss the relationship between quality early years services and child outcomes and parental employment. The role and ...