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Leading in Early Childhood

First Edition


August 2016 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

 
Chapter 1: Learning to Lead
 
Chapter 2: Leading Children in their Learning
 
Chapter 3: The Room Leader
 
Chapter 4: The Key Person
 
Chapter 5: Leading People
 
Chapter 6: Leading developments across a setting or settings
 
Chapter 7: Working with Families
 
Chapter 8: Working with Other Professionals
 
Chapter 9: Improving leading through reflection

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. 

Linda France
UGPE Programme Leader, Edge Hill University

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.

Neil Henty
Early Years Educator

Interesting read, useful information

Mrs Lisa Jayne Strachan
Society , Health & Childhood, Blackpool and the Fylde College
September 29, 2017

This book is excellent for the students to use, while studying for the L4 Early Years Advanced practitioner

Mrs Carol darwin
Higher education, Ashton Sixth Form College
April 5, 2017

The text reflects an interest in professionalism in early childhood. Insight provided examine various roles of leadership and opportunities for reflective practice

Ms Nakissa Campbell
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
October 25, 2016

A good publication but more current publications are now available

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
School of Education, Northampton University
October 25, 2016

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.

Mrs Zoe Lewis
Education , Birmingham City University
October 10, 2016

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Leading in Early Childhood: Learning to Lead


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Geraldine Davis

  Geraldine Davis is a Principal Lecturer and Director of the Doctorate in Education at Anglia Ruskin University.  She has worked in higher education for 14 years, following work as a teacher in schools, colleges and within the health sector.  She led the Masters degree in Early Years Professional Practice between 2010 and 2015.  Geraldine led a funded research project to explore the link between leadership in the early childhood workforce and outcomes for children from 2010 – 2013.  She co-edited the third edition of ‘An Introduction to Early Childhood’ with Professor Tim Waller in 2014 and wrote the chapter ... More About Author

Gemma Ryder

Gemma Ryder is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London. She started her career as a qualified Nursery Nurse and has worked in private and voluntary early childhood settings with the birth to five age group. She has worked closely with private and state schools and day nurseries as an Early Years Work Placement Coordinator at a college of further education and has acted as a trainer, assessor and mentor on the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and Early Years Initial Teacher Training programmes. Gemma is passionate about leadership and workforce development, which has been an integral part of her own... More About Author

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