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Leading and Managing in the Early Years

Leading and Managing in the Early Years

Second Edition

May 2011 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
…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

What Do We Know Already?

What Leadership Research Applies?

What Do We Need to Know?

Leadership in English Early Childhood Education and Care
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
Characteristics of the Leaders and Staff That We Talked to

Definitions and Perceptions of Leadership

Roles, Responsibilities and Functions of Leaders


Internal and External Influences on Leadership


Leadership in a Changing World

Early Childhood Leaders' Work
A Typical Day

Roles, Responsibilities and Functions


Influences on Leadership


Collective Views on the Video Highlights

'I Don't Like the Idea of Making a Profit... Exploiting Those on Low Wages'
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
A journey?

Career Paths of Early Childhood Leaders

Support through the Career Cycle

Mentoring as a Leadership Strategy
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
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
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
Reflective Process of Progressive Problem-Solving

Planning an Action Research Cycle with Integrated Centre Leaders

Doing Action Research in the Early Childhood Field


Revisiting Our Initial Objectives


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 6, 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
January 19, 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
October 30, 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

An excellent book to study the roles of early childhood leaders and the characteristics of different models of leadership in early childhood.

Mrs Jeenal Desai
Humanities and Education, Doncaster University Centre
March 24, 2014

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Chapter 1

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