ERIC Number: EJ1112157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Leading Highly Performing Children's Centres: Supporting the Development of the "Accidental Leaders"
Coleman, Andy; Sharp, Caroline; Handscomb, Graham
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v44 n5 p775-793 Sep 2016
There is wide recognition that early childhood experiences are critical to a child's development and their subsequent life chances. However, little research has been undertaken into leadership in early years settings, which is so influential in this regard. This article summarizes research into the leadership of Sure Start Children's Centres, which provide support to the most vulnerable children and families. Completed by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of NCSL, this research involved a review of literature on early years leadership and the production of 25 case studies of leaders of "highly effective" children's centres. The study identified three specific challenges faced by leaders of children's centres. Two of these, ensuring positive outcomes for children and dealing with change, are particularly salient in light of challenges affecting leaders in times of austerity. The third, increasing the visibility and value of leadership, is a perennial challenge for the sector. The study found that leaders demonstrated eight core behaviours to address these challenges. These included engaging responsively with families, using evidence to drive improvement, motivating and empowering staff and embracing integrated working. The authors recommend that these behaviours inform the delivery of future leadership development for these leaders.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Child Development, Literature Reviews, Case Studies, Leadership, Child Care Centers, Barriers, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Change, Administrator Behavior, Program Improvement, Family School Relationship, Evidence Based Practice, Business Skills, Organizational Communication, Staff Development, Motivation Techniques, Teacher Empowerment, Educational Administration, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)