Leading in Early Childhood
- Geraldine Davis - Anglia Ruskin University, UK
- Gemma Ryder - University of East London, UK
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.
The book is accessible for study at any level, from Foundation Degree to Level 6 because you can find some common ground in the content that validates, explores and extends practice to enable professional discussion and reflection on the complex role of the early years practitioner, regardless of role or level of experience. This book offers a new, innovative insight into leading in early childhood.
Everyone has the capacity to lead, but what is common to potential leaders at all levels is that they will need guidance and support. The book examines different roles and explores the challenges and opportunities that come with leadership, from leading children to leading people, from being a key person to leading development across settings, from working with families to working with agencies. You will learn about the culture of leadership and reflective practice.
Interesting read, useful information
This book is excellent for the students to use, while studying for the L4 Early Years Advanced practitioner
The text reflects an interest in professionalism in early childhood. Insight provided examine various roles of leadership and opportunities for reflective practice
A good publication but more current publications are now available
An accessible text that offers a useful introduction to leadership in Early Childhood. The chapter about improving leadership through reflection is particularly helpful for students who are developing their professional practice at undergraduate level.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Leading in Early Childhood: Learning to Lead