Leadership Skills in the Early Years: Making a Difference

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A&C Black, Oct 6, 2009 - Education - 170 pages
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June O'Sullivan explores the concept of leadership, particularly with regards to leading Early Years centres.  In line with government initiatives, there is growing pressure within the early years sector to create staff who can lead different types of childcare and family settings in order to address two main government targets.  Firstly, reducing poverty among families with small children and secondly, increasing educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to give them a better start in life. Many say that for this to happen we need people who can lead an effective team of capable, professional colleagues. This is no easy task in the modern Early Years market.  O'Sullivan acknowledges the problems and provides ideas and suggestions to address the issues facing leaders so that they are supported to lead us into a future where we can all help make a big difference for a long time.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The journey to successful leadership
3
2 Leadership knowhow
15
3 Leading change
38
4 Overcoming leadership challenges
55
5 Developing the pedagogical leader
74
6 Leading to involve parents
88
7 Developing new leaders
106
leading a childcare social enterprise
121
9 Leading with your governors and trustees
135
10 Leading the way forward
155
Bibliography
161
Index
167
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June O'Sullivan is chief executive of the London Early Years Foundation. An inspiring international speaker and regular media commentator she champions the importance of high quality childcare services. You can read her blog at: www.juneosullivan.wordpress.com

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