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Leading and Managing in the Early Years

Second Edition


May 2011 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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'…a major contribution to the limited literature and research on leadership in childhood education.' - Professor Tony Bush, Editor of Educational Management, Administration and Leadership.

'This important book focuses clearly on evidence, describing the realities of leading and managing settings in times of rapid policy changes. Carol Aubrey manages to combine theory, research and practice in a book that will be invaluable to a new generation of early years professionals.' - Angela Anning, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Leeds, UK

'..skilfully draws on sound empirical research to present a grounded theory model for leadership in early years education. ….of interest to researchers, students and practitioners internationally.' - Professor Nithi Muthukrishna, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This Second Edition of Leading and Managing in the Early Years explores and integrates leadership and management practice with a real understanding of early years settings.

Revised and updated, this new edition includes:

- Two new chapters on private day care and reflective practice and action research

- Further coverage of reflective practice and reflective leadership skills

- More on EYPS as well as integrated centre leadership

- Practical suggestions for working with resistant groups and individuals.

Carol Aubrey investigates different concepts and characteristics of Early Childhood (EC) leadership as well as the roles and responsibilities of EC leaders. She also explores the types of leadership programmes or development which are needed to maximise the effectiveness of EC leaders.

This book is essential reading for students in Early Childhood courses, Early Years Practitioners and local authority employees involved with the integrated centres initiative.

Carol Aubrey is Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Warwick.

 
Introduction: Theorizing Leadership in Early Childhood
 
The Early Childhood Leaders' Agenda
Context

 
What Do We Know Already?

 
What Leadership Research Applies?

 
What Do We Need to Know?

 
 
Leadership in English Early Childhood Education and Care
 
Introduction
Our Objectives

 
What We Asked Our Early Childhood Professionals about Leadership

 
What We Found Out

 
What We Made of the Findings

 
 
Practitioners' Understandings of Early Childhood Leadership
 
Introduction
Characteristics of the Leaders and Staff That We Talked to

 
Definitions and Perceptions of Leadership

 
Roles, Responsibilities and Functions of Leaders

 
Decision-Making

 
Internal and External Influences on Leadership

 
Training

 
Leadership in a Changing World

 
 
Early Childhood Leaders' Work
 
Introduction
A Typical Day

 
Roles, Responsibilities and Functions

 
Decision-Making

 
Influences on Leadership

 
Training

 
Collective Views on the Video Highlights

 
 
'I Don't Like the Idea of Making a Profit... Exploiting Those on Low Wages'
 
Introduction
Early Childhood Education and Care Policy

 
Early Childhood Profession and Workplace Issues

 
Making a Profit: The Role of the Private Sector

 
Preschool Care and Education plc?

 
 
Journeys into Leadership
 
Introduction
A journey?

 
Career Paths of Early Childhood Leaders

 
Support through the Career Cycle

 
 
Mentoring as a Leadership Strategy
 
Introduction
Learning from Experience

 
The Nature of Mentoring

 
Establishing Appropriate Ground Rules

 
What Does Learning from Day-to-Day Experience Really Mean?

 
A Framework for Staff Development

 
Mentoring for the Leader

 
Future Possibilities

 
 
The Challenge of Leading Multi-Agency Teams
 
Introduction
Challenges to Collaboration

 
Questions to Ask

 
What Do We know about Effective Multi-Agency Working?

 
Models of Multi-Agency Working

 
Organization of Professional Groups

 
Views on Multi-Agency Working from Four Integrated Centres

 
What we found out

 
A closer look at the challenges of multi-agency working

 
Case Studies

 
Leadership by the Many

 
 
Leading in a Time of Change
 
Introduction
A Need for Interprofessional Education

 
Staff Resistance to Change

 
A Model for Improving the Early Childhood Integrated Centre

 
Understanding Change

 
 
Reflective Practice and Action Learning
 
Introduction
Reflective Process of Progressive Problem-Solving

 
Planning an Action Research Cycle with Integrated Centre Leaders

 
Doing Action Research in the Early Childhood Field

 
Conclusions

 
 
Reflections
 
Revisiting Our Initial Objectives
Conclusions

 

'…a major contribution to the limited literature and research on leadership in childhood education' -

Professor Tony Bush, Editor of Educational Management, Administration and Leadership

'This important book focuses clearly on evidence, describing the realities of leading and managing settings in times of rapid policy changes. Carol Aubrey manages to combine theory, research and practice in a book that will be invaluable to a new generation of early years professionals' -
Angela Anning, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Leeds, UK

'..skilfully draws on sound empirical research to present a grounded theory model for leadership in early years education. ….of interest to researchers, students and practitioners internationally' -
Professor Nithi Muthukrishna, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


vital book for students to understand the theory and practice of leading and managing in the early years

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
October 14, 2016

This is another great title that specifically focuses on early years. It is both clearly structured and well written. The text is very accessible.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Department of Educational Studies, Bath Spa University
July 1, 2016

Gives a grounded and realistic overview of leadership in the Early Years

Mrs Louise Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
June 22, 2015

Useful book for 3 year undergraduate early years students

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

This text will be used with third year early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 11, 2015

This is an essential part of the reading list for any leadership modules. Aubrey creates a step by step process of what it takes to develop effective leadership skills. The layout enables students to dip in and out to support their own professional development and academic writing skills. I am a particular fan of how she includes the reflection-in-action chapter which is an excellent support for foundation degree students.

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

Relevant and useful text to support practioners in developing Leadership and Management skills.

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

An informative book giving a well-balanced and realistic view of leadership within the Early Years.

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute Of Education, Worcester University
July 31, 2014

A really interesting and useful text that is easy to read, Very suitable for undergraduates with limited experience of leading and managing others.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste Univ.
May 13, 2014

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