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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
Nursery World Awards'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


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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

Easy to read and insightful text. Will support students to think about alternative elements in practice within leadership!

Mrs Louise Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
January 16, 2015

The course has finished now and wont be run again however the new qualification The Early Years Educator will adopt this book.

Ms Lisa Oneill
Education , City College Norwich
August 20, 2014

This book is power-packed with theories that are grounded in research and professional practice.
Excellent integration of caring alongside effective, so relevant to early years practitioners.
The case studies along with the questions for reflection are excellent, indeed that have been successfully used in seminars to stimulate debate.

Mrs Denise Salter
Faculty of Health Studies, Bucks New University
August 12, 2014

trainees on our early years teacher programme will be recommended to read this publication to enhance the taught sessions on leading and supporting teams.

Mrs Caroline Wright
Early Years, Eastern Leadership Centre
July 9, 2014

This book is to form part of the recommended reading list for our Early Leaders Programme. A good read for all those who lead and support others in children's centres or other family support settings.

Mrs Caroline Wright
Early Years, Eastern Leadership Centre
July 9, 2014

Very good text for students studying to achieve their Early Years Teacher Status qualification.

Mrs Janice Grinstead
School of Health, Natural & Social Sci, Sunderland University
May 12, 2014

An interesting book, that links leadership to a caring, nurturing role. Written in an easy to access format.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
April 10, 2014

Really easy to read and useful text. Particularly liked the case studies which added depth and clarified learning for those students who will eventually be leading practice

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
March 14, 2014

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