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Effective and Caring Leadership in the Early Years

Effective and Caring Leadership in the Early Years

November 2013 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 Early Years Context

The Research Context

Directional Leadership: Developing A Shared Vision

Directional Leadership: Effective Communication

Collaborative Leadership: Promoting A Team Culture

Collaborative Leadership: Promoting Parental Collaboration

Empowering Leadership: Promoting Agency in Others

Empowering Leadership: The Process Of Change

Pedagogical Leadership: Leading Learning

Pedagogical Leadership: Leading Reflective Learning

Leadership Stories


An excellent and accessible overview of leadership in the Early Years

Dr louise Kay
School of Education, Sheffield University
September 16, 2019

Useful book for undergraduate early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

This is an easy to read text book that clearly explains every possible scenario associated with leadership in early years. it has some lovely case studies and questions for students and tutors to use to aid understanding of the issues.

Mr Denise Nannetti
Education (Stevenage), North Herts College
June 10, 2015

Highly recommend this author and she has not us down with this book either. The book has a clear layout with excellent case studies to support independent study.

Mrs Angela Mahon
Vocational Education , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
June 4, 2015

Excellent reading material to support students through case studies on leadership challenges and dilemmas

Mrs Angela Mahon
Vocational Education , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
May 20, 2015

Excellent - such a relevant and thought provoking perspective.

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
May 19, 2015

This text was recommended for the module, 'Leadership and Management in the Early Years' as part of the FdA in Early Years. It provided the students the opportunity to explore the perspectives of EYPS contributing towards the LLEAP model of leadership in the early years. The text also discusses the different aspects of this model, which departs from traditional, masculine forms of leadership. Through this, readers are enabled to reflect upon how the authors' model is one that is appropriate for the early years.

Mrs Maria Meredith
Management and Education, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
September 16, 2016

This text covers a range of interesting topics including Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
March 27, 2015

No longer delivering this unit

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
February 25, 2015

This is a fantastic resource for Foundation Degree students. It invites students to consider leadership in a variety of ways, and students find it easy to read and understand. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
January 27, 2015

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