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 5: Visions of Quality
Visions of Quality
In this chapter, we look at how our four practitioners understand quality and relate it to earlier discussions in Chapters 1 and 2 by considering how their views reflect wider understandings of quality, but also how they are active in constructing an understanding of quality that is right for their settings. In the examples, we consider the importance of being proud of your vision of quality, enabling children to have ownership of structural features of quality, responding to the local community and adhering to Ofsted requirements. We consider the importance of recognising your principles and those of your team in developing your vision of quality, whilst being mindful of what has shaped and informed those principles.
As we outlined ...