“Student achievement in a school almost never exceeds the quality of its leadership and management.”
Fenton Whelan, Lessons Learned, 2009
This statement is as true for the early years as any other phase of education. The role of the early years leader is both rewarding and challenging in its complexity. We take on our first leadership role on the first day of our practice when we begin working with a nursery nurse or teaching assistant. We develop it as we extend our influence beyond our own classroom to engage with a wider group of parents, teachers, support staff, senior leaders and other professionals – including those from outside education.
This programme builds on the strengths of the early years practitioner, focusing on the knowledge and skills essential for inspirational leadership and effective supervision (a new requirement in the revised EYFS). Using an interactive, coaching style of delivery, each session will include time to acquire new information, develop new skills, provide opportunities for reflection and to plan for practical applications.
Working collaboratively with the course tutor and each other, delegates will:
- increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in motivating and engaging an early years team
- develop a range of coaching and mentoring techniques to support the development of good and outstanding practice across the team
- build knowledge and understanding of how to develop and deliver a quality vision for early years, including managing change and engaging parents
- develop effective supervision practice
Whilst it will be possible to book onto individual sessions, each session is designed to complement the others and delegates will benefit from attending all three:
- 22 November 2017 What kind of a leader do you aspire to be? Inspiration, motivation and the power of emotional intelligence in leading for quality in the early years
- 21 February 2018 Effective performance management and understanding others, including the practical development of coaching and mentoring skills
- 25 April 2018 Developing and delivering your vision, including how to encourage positive relationships: engaging other adults, conflict resolution and problem solving
Delegates will be provided with essential and optional reading and gap tasks. Those signing up for all three sessions will also have access to the course tutor by email throughout the course for questions, clarifications and support.
Who should attend?
Early Years Coordinators, Managers and practitioners aspiring to leadership positions in the early years
- “Even in the course of last week I find that the skills I’ve gained are impacting positively on the sometimes difficult conversations that arise. I’m more confident, less stressed and surprised by the speed with which resolutions are being reached” Simone, Southwark
- “Really enjoying the course – interactive, safe, sharing, non-threatening.” Lorraine, Greenwich
- “The greatest learning has been the confidence Jane inspired in us and the way she encouraged us all to believe in our potential “ Greenwich
- “Empowering, warm, interesting”
Costs and booking
Cost per course:
- Members £170, or with early bird discount (until 6 weeks before course start date) £140
- Non-members £215, or with early bird discount (until 6 weeks before course start date) £185
Book three training days at once, or three or more places on any course, and save £20 on each of them! To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3
To book, click on the linked course name above, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with delegate details and your purchase order number.