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Leadership in Early Childhood
Challenges and Complexities



200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Leadership can be a challenging and complex area of practice, but this textbook will be your essential guide, teaching you how to master this important skill and find your professional voice.

The book considers the challenges of leadership in the early years, exploring both the theoretical aspects, and the skills and tools needed to support and develop leadership and mentoring in practice. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on practice in a global context, looking at vignettes, case studies and reflections from international settings, which will equip you with valuable transferable leadership skills, applicable to any situation in practice.

 
Chapter 1: Exploring Leadership Theories for Driving Excellence in Early Years
 
Chapter 2: Developing as a Leader
 
Chapter 3: Reflective Practice
 
Chapter 4: Leading Collaboratively
 
Chapter 5: Leading in Changing Times
 
Chapter 6: Conflict Resolution – A Problem Solving Approach
 
Chapter 7: Mentoring to Support Leadership and Excellence in Practice
 
Chapter 8: Finding and Using Your Professional Voice

Jill Harrison

Jill Harrison is the academic portfolio lead for Early Years and link tutor for SEGI Colleges Malaysia. After gaining her NNEB qualification worked in Early Years for many years as an early years practitioner, working her way through the ranks to become a coordinator of a work based nursery, and then a Manager of a children’s centre, which was part of a research project to introduce High/Scope to the sector. More recently she has been a college lecturer before moving to the University of Greenwich. She now has a research focus on leadership and mentoring in the early years and is near completion of her research on ‘Maids or Masters: A... More About Author

Heather Munn

Heather Munn began her working life with children after completing an NNEB, she has worked in a variety of private and voluntary settings, becoming the manager of a large workplace nursery in her late 20’s. She worked as an early year’s consultant and has a wealth of experience in supporting practitioners from nursery to year one. Heather came to higher education later in life completing a Higher Diploma in Child Development from the Open University. And then her Master’s in Education, she holds a post graduate Diploma in Consultancy for Educational Improvement from the Institute of education, and a PCGE in Teaching for Higher... More About Author

Rebecca Thistle

Rebecca Thistle has always been interested in the early years sector training and qualifying as an early year’s practitioner in 2008. Since then, she has had a variety of experiences and roles in the early years sector both in the Midlands and internationally. Rebecca became particularly interested in SEN after spending significant time looking after children with various needs, most notably children on the autistic spectrum. In 2015, Rebecca joined the Early Years team at the University of Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer in Early Years where she leads modules around special educational needs. Alongside this, Rebecca is completing a... More About Author

Diana Harris

Diana Harris describes her professional career as a "meandering pathway through education", working as a teacher, lecturer, mentor, facilitator, professional leader across nursery classes and infant schools, primary and secondary settings, FE and HE. Individualism, freedom of choice, empowerment and pedagogical practice are her central principles and interests alongside her passion for children's literature. Professional and personal values are interwoven. More About Author

Louise Atkins

Louise Atkins studied a Ba (Hons) Childhood Studies Degree and Early Years Professional Status at the University of Greenwich. She has a MA Education (Early Years) and is studying toward and Doctorate in Education. Her research topic is looking at the impact Early Years Teachers have on children’s learning and development and pedagogy. Her general areas of interests in research are the impact that graduate early years practitioners and teachers have in settings, quality in practice and children's and young people’s wellbeing. Louise has previously worked and led in early years settings for 10 years within the private, voluntary and... More About Author

Lauren Whale

Lauren Whale is a Teaching fellow (Early Years) at the University of Greenwich and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Lauren has been working in the early years sector since 1995 within private, maintained, voluntary and independent settings.  Lauren’s background is in early years leadership and management, particularly supporting vulnerable children and their families. Lauren teaches on the Batchelor of Arts Early Years and the Early Years Teacher Status, Initial Teacher Education. Lauren is also an accredited mentor for Early Years Teacher Status Programme. Lauren has a MA Education (Early years) and is studying towards... More About Author