This book looks at the challenges of restructuring services and working with people with different training and working practices. It suggests that the way staff work together will impact on the service offered to children and their families. It explains how to be an effective member of the team and encourage confident and open communication between colleagues. It looks at what makes an effective team; discusses how the organisational set-up affects the practice positively or negatively; suggests ways for creating listening environments where colleagues can discuss differences; and emphasises the importance of developing professional learning together.
Setting the scene: the Early Years Professional within the team
The nature of teamwork
Looking at your organisation
Communicating assertively with your team
Meeting together: creating listening forums
Developing professional learning together
Taking part in a multi-agency team