The Importance Of Effective Leadership And Management Skills In An Early Years Setting

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Leadership and Management skills are highly significant for the overall quality of an Early Years Setting. Siraj-Blatchford and Manni (2007) as cited in Cook (2013) highlights that effective leadership and management skills are exceedingly important components in providing high quality provisions within the Early Years. Good quality within an Early Years setting makes a huge difference to children’s lives and helps to provide a stimulating environment within the organisation as a whole, therefore enforcing a high standard of management and leadership skills would not only enhance the children’s quality of life but also the quality of care provided to staff and the community of the setting.
There are four key elements that are vitally important
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Active listening involves the following skills: Genuinely trying to understand, acknowledging what the other person is feeling, repeating what the other person has said, to check you have understood, giving full attention via your body language and eye contact and encouraging the other person to continue by nodding, being silent, repeating the last word they have said, asking gentle questions. (Sharry, …show more content…
Professional development helps you assess your current interests, knowledge and skills, identify areas for growth, document your growth and develop strategies and resources in order to address areas for growth. In my setting the principal would use a continuous professional development plan in order to reflect on his strengths, weaknesses and effectiveness in the setting as a manager and set areas of improvement or growth. I have noticed how this had made a significant change to the setting making the overall quality of the setting a much more stimulating and efficient place to be a part of. Colker, (2008) highlights that there is a range of characteristics in which a leader or manager should have such as: being enthusiastic, friendly, caring, patient, role model and love and passion. If a manager uses a range of these characteristics within an Early Years setting, then it will help form positive working relationships leading to a positive stimulating environment for all. However, if a manager or leader was to have a poor set of characteristics and attitudes like to be stubborn, have favouritism, be visionless, blame others, angry or indecisive then this would have a negative effect on the overall quality of the setting as they will not be able to compromise, work in a team or make important decisions needed for the organisation

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