'Essential reading and a powerful tool for emerging early childhood leaders.' - Catharine Hydon, Early Childhood Consultant
With increasing community insistence for quality and accountability in early childhood education and care, there is a need for effective and professional leadership in these services. Leadership in Early Childhood is a practical resource for early childhood practitioners who want to understand how to create and sustain successful childcare and early education settings.
Fully revised and updated, this fourth edition is divided into three sections: deconstructing leadership; leadership in practice; and special responsibilities of early childhood leaders. This edition also includes new case studies, an additional chapter summarising the key contributing factors to effective leadership and examples based on an extensive international study of early childhood leaders.
Leadership in Early Childhood has been widely used in early childhood education programs and as a professional reference text and remains a valuable resource for both students and professionals.
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
PART I: DECONSTRUCTING LEADERSHIP
1 Unravelling leadership in the early childhood sector
2 The personal qualities of leaders in early childhood
3 Theories, models and styles of leadership
PART II: LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE
4 Leading through communication: Meeting others' needs
5 Leading through communication: Meeting personal needs
6 Leading conflict resolution: From discord to accord
7 Leading decision-making: Transforming vision into action
8 Leading collaboratively: Cultivating collective responsibility
9 Leading professional development: Supervision, mentoring and coaching
10 Leading in changing times
PART III: SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERS
11 Leading research: Moving quality forward
12 Leading partnerships: Engaging families and communities
13 Leading ethical practice
14 Leading for succession: Building leadership capacity
15 Postscript: An aide-memoire for aspiring leaders in early childhood
JILLIAN RODD had a long career as a senior academic at the University of Melbourne Australia and later at the University of Plymouth England. At present, she works as an independent educational consultant, specialising in aspects of leadership in educational organisations, especially early childhood services. Her current interests focus upon the culture, practice and development of professional leadership and leading complex change in educational services. She lives in Bristol and far west Cornwall.