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 4: Early Years Leaders – All Things to All People
Early Years Leaders – All Things to All People
Whilst we have considered the limits of Ofsted as a measure of quality and a form of technocratic control, it is symbolic of the pressure that has been brought to bear on leaders and their leadership capacity as the quest for measurable quality has dominated the early years discourse. In this chapter, we will be seeking to shed light on exactly what it is that early years leaders do and how they seek to balance the many tensions they encounter between several aspects of their role. We will also be looking at the debate on what leadership is and what management is and how the constant ...