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Managing Early Years Settings

Managing Early Years Settings
Supporting and Leading Teams

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November 2008 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Firmly grounded in practice, this book puts children and families at the center of good early years leadership. There is now considerable emphasis on leadership skills in this sector, as the workforce becomes increasingly professionalized.

The following are considered:
  • Changes and developments within the early years sector
  • The impact of good leadership on children and their families
  • Effective practice in a variety of settings, including Children's Centers
  • Values-based leadership and inspirational leadership
  • Meeting the challenges of management and leadership
  • Managing change
  • Inter-agency and multi-disciplinary working
  • Working with families and parent groups
Useful features such as Activities for Continuing Professional Development, Questions for Reflection, and Pictures of Practice appear throughout the book.

Anyone studying Childhood and Early Childhood will find this book an invaluable aid.

Value-based leadership and management
Janet Murray
Empowering communities through inspirational leadership
Natalie Canning
Managing change and pedagogical leadership
Mandy Andrews
Partnership working in the early years
Mike Reed
Making a Positive Contribution
Melanie Pilcher
Mentoring and supporting teams
Alison Robins and Sue Callan
Working with families and parent groups

'The book provides a valuable basis for considering leadership and management and is recommended for people working in child care contexts. The down-to-earth way in which the book is written, together with its many practical examples, makes it suitable for a range of staff, including assistants, groups leaders, and directors' - Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

'This book is a very useful resource for setting leaders undertaking advanced study, such as Early Years Professional Status and the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership…[I]t is also an interesting and up-to-date reference tool for qualified managers and leaders of early years settings, large and small, in all sectors' - Early Years Update

"This book will make a relevant and helpful contribution in enabling practitioners to explore and understand the different ways in which they can lead and manage across a diverse range of settings and at different levels. Through helpful discussion points and case studies, the book will encourage practitioners to consider both theory and practice, including value based practice and the skills required for working within a new multi-disciplinary environment. A welcome and accessible text for early years practitioners facing the challenges and demands of this new agenda." 

Linda Miller
The Open University

Will be very helpful for my students undertaking leadership and management modules

Mrs Emma Harvey
Education, Suffolk New College
January 13, 2021

This is an excellent text that underpins a range of current issues within Managing Early Years Settings. The chapters on collaborative participation and adult learning are particularly beneficial for students interested in Leadership and Management.

The text also contains interesting information on fathers groups and makes relevant links to current research.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
May 8, 2015

I found this book highly interesting, I felt as though I could relate to articles within the book and this made it more enjoyable to read.

Miss Natalie Gibson
School of Education, Blackburn College
October 9, 2014

Excellent set out book easy to understand and our learners would enjoy reading and using within their assignments.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
May 27, 2014

Leading and managing is challenging as well as rewarding. This book opens up new practical perspectives for the practitioners working within the range of early years settings. One of the strengths of this publication is its excellent practice based insight. Furthermore the book supports lesson planning with the additional activities, case studies and points of reflections. A good addition to my early childhood student's reading list.
Includes also chapter overviews, summaries, further reading and a glossary of terms.

Mrs Paivi Valtonen
Education , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 24, 2014

a complementary text to support students leadership in early years at undergraduate level.

Ms Rose Envy
School of Social Science & Law, University of Teesside
November 21, 2013

this book has been used in foundation degree their leadership and management module and also managing change as a supplement to their required reading and will be used in the future

Ms Jan Farnella
Early Years Department, West Herts College
April 5, 2011

A well constructed book - very informative and practical.

Mr Michael Reed
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 15, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

Chapter One PDF

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