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This book encourages practitioners to recognise their active involvement in leadership and management in relation to their work as team leader or team member, and in their work with parents and other professionals, to ensure appropriate and effective provision for young children.
'Effective Leadership and Management in the Early Years ... is the best analysis of leadership and management that I have come across. It is a highly practical tool and a resource that will enable early years practitioners at different stages of professional development to explore, understand, rate and develop their leadership and management expertise.' Jillian Rodd, Educational and Developmental Psychologist There has recently been an unprecedented focus on early years care and education, particularly on the impact of the various adults who work and play with children in the birth to five/six-years age range. Staff in early years settings have had to adapt to many changes and demands, locally and nationally, from local authorities and national government, and none more so than those who suddenly find themselves in a leadership and management role in increasingly complex small early years businesses and settings, often without formal training or qualifications. The book is unique in providing not only a thorough analysis of the leader and manager's role and presenting it as a typology, but also in offering a clear and in-depth view of that role. It also presents ways in which the leader and manager can undertake self-evaluation or work alongside a peer to understand their own strengths and challenges more readily. The book conceptualises effective leadership and management as a tree, with the four key 'branches' of effective leadership and management defined as: Leaderships Qualities Management Skills Professional Attributes Personal Characteristics and Attitudes Effective Leadership and Management in the Early Years is an essential tool for all those who lead and manage within early years settings, which they can use for evaluating their effectiveness.
Lecturers, why waste time waiting for the post to arrive? Request your e-inspection copy today! 'When I showed my inspection copy to the Foundation Degree Programme Director, she said it was the whole programme in a nutshell' - Denise Reardon, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University The Early Years Foundation Stage has been praised by academics and students for its theoretical underpinning and practical case studies. In the light of the revised EYFS, the new edition combines a comprehensive range of topics, up to date coverage of the EYFS curriculum, additional case studies, an increased focus on critical reflection, and access to free journal articles relating to key topics. It is an ideal resource for students undertaking any Early Years or Early Childhood Studies courses, or those working toward the Early Years Teacher qualification. This second edition introduces new chapters on: Historical developments in early years educational policy Implementation of EYFS Play-based learning Observational recordings and analysis in the EYFS Working in partnership with parents Safeguarding children Children's health Inclusion in the early years Leadership Literacy. Outstanding Learning Features: Up to date coverage of revised EYFS New two-colour layout makes the book user-friendly and easy to navigate Chapter aims identify what each chapter will cover at a glance Case studies in each chapter help you to link theory to practice Further reading directs you to external resources to deepen your understanding Reflection tesks help you reflect on how the chapter can be applied to your personal and professional development. Visit www.sagepub.co.uk/Palaiologou2e for free access to a selection of SAGE Journal Articles related to key topics in the book.
'This book introduces an intriguing juxtaposition of "caring" alongside "effective", and it is a thought-provoking book. Including examples of early years leaders on their own reflective learning journeys, it provides a rich source of ideas for relational leadership that are firmly based in research and professional experience.' - Professor Margaret Carr, University of Waikato, New Zealand Effective and caring leadership is an essential part of raising standards and increasing the quality of learning in early childhood settings. This book explains leadership practices that can make a positive difference to the provision offered and improve outcomes for both children and families. With theoretical, practical and research-informed perspectives, this book: Uses case studies to provide examples of effective leadership Integrates education and care with key practices in effective leadership Explores directional, collaborative, empowering and pedagogical leadership Offers readers opportunity to reflect upon their own leadership practices This is a key text for anyone studying Early Childhood, existing and aspiring leaders, graduate Early Years Leaders and those training to work in settings, schools and children’s services. Professor Iram Siraj is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Dr. Elaine Hallet is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.
The definitive guide to developing leadership skills in early years settings, this book will help you to develop a leadership style tailored to your early years setting. Designed to support existing, new and aspiring leaders, it spans all levels of leadership, from organisational and team leadership to practice. It presents key theories of leadership with relevant examples and strategies and is illustrated throughout with case studies, reflective exercises and recommended reading. Once you have read this book, you will be able to plan, implement, sustain, review and evaluate your own and your workplace's improvements to ensure effective leadership, continuous quality improvement and better outcomes for children and families.
Government drivers promote integrated health and social care services for children and adults yet the field is immensely complex, with the involvement of multiple agencies, professionals and other stakeholders. This book will help students and new practitioners make sense of this rapidly changing scene. It provides an overview and introduction to core leadership and management principles, the key management structures and organisations that comprise integrated services. It also considers some of the differences and dilemmas arising from the range of professions and organisations involved in delivering integrated services.
This is a key text for all those studying for degrees and foundation degrees in early childhood, early years and related disciplines and for candidates on EYPS pathways. It enables students to appreciate the central role of observation for understanding, planning for and educating early years children. The theoretical background to child observation is covered in detail, the text highlights important works and considers the ethical implications. This Second Edition includes new chapters on recording and analysing and the curriculum and is fully updated throughout with links to the updated Early Years Foundation Stage. Interactive activities and real life case studies are included to help the reader engage with the text and make essential links between theory and practice. Ioanna Palaiologou is a lecturer and researcher at the Centre for Educational Studies at the University of Hull and a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society with specialism on child development and learning theories. Ioanna is currently leading the Masters in Early Childhood Studies, supervises a number of PhD students and is the Academic coordinator for Research Students Support. About the Early Years Series This series has been designed to support degree and foundation degree students of early years, early childhood and realted disciplines. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion, and further reading suggestions, including useful websites, are provided to help students access extended learning in each topic. Other titles in the series are Child Development for Early Childhood Studies, Successful Placements in Early Years Settings and Childhood in Society for Early Childhood Studies.
The EYFS Inspection in Practice is a must-have guide to preparing for your early years Ofsted inspection. This straight to the point guide is designed to help all early years settings prepare and manage an inspection with confidence, as well as follow up the Ofsted report in a positive way. This book features: A step-by-step guide to writing an exceptional Self Evaluation Form, with examples of evidence to support each question and recommendations for collecting this evidence Tried and tested methods for improving reflective practice in the early years setting Techniques to demonstrate that all aspects of the EYFS are working in your practice Real life examples of how a range of early years settings have prepared for their own inspection Updated in accordance with the October 2009 amendments to the Self Evaluation Form The book is designed to ensure your inspection is a positive and stress-free experience, and is written to encompass both home-based and group settings so that any early years practitioner will find the book useful.
Now its fourth edition, Planning an Appropriate Curriculum in the Early Years offers a comprehensive guide for early years practitioners and students on how to plan and implement a suitable curriculum for the children in an Early Years setting. It examines the key roles and responsibilities of practitioners working in Early Years settings and those with responsibility for leading and managing provision for EYFS in primary schools. Completely revised and updated in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, latest research evidence and OFSTED requirements, this book covers the following aspects of the Early Years including: what we mean by planning an appropriate curriculum in the early years; transition from nursery to school and into Year 1; defining quality learning and play in the early years assessment procedures and examples; integration of two-year-olds into school; the role played by parents and carers in children’s learning and development; the ways in which vulnerable children are provided for; examples of planning material developed by practitioners. With case studies of good practice and questions for reflective practice and group work, this timely fourth edition will be welcomed by students and practitioners looking to provide high quality and effective learning experiences for the under-fives.
With the new EYFS in its infancy, this practical professional development title will take practitioners through the new policies and provide vital information and practical advice on how to implement it effectively. With their wealth of experience in the Early Years, Ann Langston and Dr Jonathan Doherty have all the expertise to make this an authoritative book that will be useful to anyone involved in Early Years education.
The new edition of this book aims to critically examine the new EYFS and the key elements of the revised framework document.
Shortlisted for Best Professional Book by Nursery World Awards 2017! The stakes have never been higher: Ofsted have a new, tougher inspection framework for the early years. If you are judged to be less than good, you risk losing funding for places. A reputation that took years to build can vanish overnight. But instead of hiding behind the “Ofsted monster” to get things done, Early Years expert Julian Grenier argues that it’s time to do what’s right for children and families, and build long-lasting and effective provision. Completely up to date with Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework and avoiding a ‘tick-box’ approach to preparation, Julian focuses on the importance of developing your provision and your team up to and beyond inspection day. It is accompanied by easy-to-use time-saving pro formas and self-reflective documents that can be downloaded online for free. This book is ideal for head teachers, senior leaders, EYFS co-ordinators, nursery managers and Early Years practitioners. “We had our Ofsted Inspection on May 31st and achieved an Outstanding grade which we are very proud of, as you might imagine! I used Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections to focus my thoughts when preparing for the inspection and I am sure it was a contributory factor in our grade.” -Wendy Taylor, Nursery Manager, Acorns Nursery Julian Grenier will be discussing ideas from Successful Early Years Oftsed Inspections in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.
Developing Professional Practice 0-7 provides a thoroughly comprehensive and cutting edge guide to developing the understanding and practical skills necessary for working within early years education. The new edition is fully updated for the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework. The updated edition covers all core topics associated with developing effective professional practice, including leadership and management, personalised learning and continuing professional development. There is also a strong focus on parent/carer engagement, setting accountability for the lowest attaining groups, the parent/carer and child voice in education, transition, SEND reform, early intervention, and developing leadership at all levels including as a business model. Readers can explore in-depth issues, and take ownership of them, by applying theory to real practice in schools and early years settings. Chapter contents are directly linked to the Early Years Teacher Standards, providing a clear understanding of how the content relates to competencies and allowing readers to reflect critically on best practice. Discussion points and case studies further connect theory to practice and offer a genuinely accessible and engaging introduction to supporting the education of babies, toddlers and young children. This vibrant, dynamic and interactive approach uses examples of real practice, along with a range of additional features tailored to support the reader in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding. Developing Professional Practice 0-7 is essential reading for anyone training to work in the early years, and an invaluable resource for all those already in the early stages of their careers.
Play is an entitlement for children and needs to be well understood in all its forms by every early years practitioner. But more than that, practitioners need to explore in considerable depth their own actions, reactions and responses to children's play experiences: for example, what actual learning is taking place in different play episodes. This edited collection aims to support practitioners in really 'thinking about play' not only in terms of their ideologies and philosophies in relation to play but in their pedagogical approaches, i.e. the way learning and teaching occurs and the expectations we can (and cannot) have about children's play in educational contexts. The book is intended to promote practitioners' deep-level thinking on the provision they make for young children's play in classrooms and settings and learning that makes sense to children. This involves analysing and evaluating what makes quality play and learning experiences through considering how current research into play might impact on practice.This book encourages practitioners to explore in depth their own actions, reactions and responses to play experiences. It argues that practitioners need to fully understand the way learning and teaching occurs and the expectations we can (and cannot) have about children's play in educational contexts.
This Little Book builds on children's natural enthusiasm and curiosity about shape and space. The hands-on, easy-to-follow experiences cover both 2D and 3D shapes and will inspire children to explore the spaces all around them in both indoor and outdoor play, and as they become familiar with the shapes and patterns in their every day environment.
With so many challenges facing early years professionals, there are continual dilemmas arising between doing what one knows is essentially ‘right’ for birth-to-five-year-olds from all backgrounds and conforming to the demands made by government and policy makers. This exciting and original book supports practitioners in thinking through their roles to meet some of the many issues they encounter. Using the new Early Years Foundation Stage principles as its framework, the contributors support early years professionals in dealing with issues and challenges in a sensitive and professional manner, with particular emphasis upon the need for practitioners to personalise the requirements for each child in their care and to reflect closely upon their own and children’s experiences. The writers are all experienced and avid early years advocates. Their topics include: the changing landscape of early childhood, culture, identity and diversity, supporting playful learning, outdoor learning, documenting children’s experiences, developing independence in learning, the meaning of being creative, play and mark-making in maths, and literacy. Each section is introduced with some background research and information to provide evidence and guidance upon which practitioners can make their own decisions. Individual chapters include questions for reflection, points for discussion and suggestions for additional reading. Early Years Foundations: Meeting the Challenge is essential reading for the full range of practitioners working and playing with birth-to-five-year-olds. Contributors: Deborah Albon, Pat Broadhead, Liz Brooker, Naima Browne, Elizabeth Carruthers, Tricia David, Dan Davies, Jackie Eyles, Hilary Fabian, Rose Griffiths, Alan Howe, Paulette Luff, Rod Parker-Rees, Theodora Papatheodorou, Emmie Short, David Whitebread, Marian Whitehead and Maulfry Worthington.
'[T]his book has been well planned and provides information which is relevant for students and teachers alike in supporting teaching and learning. In particular, the practical aspects of group tasks and discussion points enable the reader to develop their reflective skills through the knowledge gained' - ESCalate 'This informative and thought-provoking collection of essays brings together theory, policy and practice for practitioners working with children aged from birth to three years old...It would be a great resource for students' - Nursery World 'This is a very well edited collection easily accessible to everyone involved in the early years, with the common thread being the holistic nature of very young children's learning. Using the contents of the different chapters for reflection and analysis, those implementing the new Early Years Foundation Stage will be able to promote and enhance children's development and learning experiences and certainly their own practices...This book powerfully reminds readers of what is at the heart of their care and learning interactions with babies and young children' - Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Play Consultant With a focus on the most critical years in a young child's development, this book brings together the essential theory, policy and practice for everyone working with young children. Concentrating on the 0 to 3 age range, the book considers all relevant legislation such as Every Child Matters and the new Early Years Foundation Stage. The content is organized into four sections: - development and learning; - policy to practice; - leadership and management; - establishing effective relationships. Examining the influence of policy on practice, issues covered include the stages of child development, observing young children, making partnerships with parents, building relationships within and between teams, working in a multi-agency way and creating a caring and stimulating environment. To illustrate practice and aid reflection, the chapters have: - chapter objectives; - case studies; - group tasks; - discussion points; - recommendations for further reading; - useful websites. Suitable for all early years students and practitioners, it is a must-have resource.
This book looks at the challenges of restructuring services and working with people with different training and working practices. It suggests that the way staff work together will impact on the service offered to children and their families. It explains how to be an effective member of the team and encourage confident and open communication between colleagues. It looks at what makes an effective team; discusses how the organisational set-up affects the practice positively or negatively; suggests ways for creating listening environments where colleagues can discuss differences; and emphasises the importance of developing professional learning together.
This book provides a comprehensive guide to safeguarding and child protection in the early years. Aimed at students and practitioners it offers insight into contemporary developments in early years and safeguarding practice and sets out the legal and policy foundations for effective practice before exploring areas of contemporary concern. Drawing on the everyday dilemmas and experiences of early years professionals, the book focuses on helping you to seek solutions to both practical and moral issues in a context of legal duties and responsibilities. Covering a broad range of issues, chapters consider: how to identify physical and/or emotional neglect consequential abuse that can occur as a result of parental behaviours safeguarding children’s health & well-being safeguarding against the misuse of technology communication with parents, carers and the ‘team around the child’ alongside examples of real-life issues and consequences that have arisen when communication has broken down safeguarding as a member of a team safeguarding through inter-professional / multidisciplinary work Written by a multi-disciplinary team who have a wealth of experience in safeguarding and child protection, the early years foundation stage, health visiting, social work, the police, and in leading and managing services, this timely new text is essential reading for all those working with young children.

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