Leadership and Management
It is no surprise to any of us that effective leadership is essential to quality practice, numerous studies and reports highlight the importance of strong leadership as an indicator of quality.
“Effective leadership was felt to be essential to good practice in Early Years. Managers and staff reflected that effective leaders in Early Years were those that had a clear vision for the setting; valued and fostered team working; had good professional knowledge; engaged effectively with the wider Early Years sector; sought continuous improvement; fostered good relationships with parents; had strong organisational skills and delegated effectively; prioritised staff continuing professional development (CPD) and embedded clear systems and processes.”
Study of Early Education and Development: Good Practice in Early Education (2017)
These aspects of effective leadership cannot be seen in isolation, all are essential to secure high quality practice. A commitment to continuous improvement can however be the overarching aspect that drives practice forward to not only improve practice but maintain consistently high quality.
An online search around Early Years leadership and management will provide you with pages of information, books, documents, forums and research. To make it a little easier for you we have highlighted a small number of, what we consider to be, key sources offering consistent proven messages:
- Getting it Right First Time, Ofsted (2013)
- Study of Early Education and Development: Good Practice in Early Education Department for Education (2017)
- Teaching and Play in the Early Years - A balancing act, Ofsted (2015)
- The Early Years Inspection Handbook, Ofsted (May 2019)
- The Education Inspection Framework (May 2019)
- Essential Skills for Managers of Child-Centred Settings, (2011) Shelley Newstead and Emma Isles-Buck ISBN-13: 978-0415585545
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