Early Childhood Professionals: Leading Today and Tomorrow

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Elsevier Australia, Jun 15, 2002 - Education - 256 pages
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This text clarifies for the first time what contemporary early childhood practitioners and leaders need to know in order to manage early childhood services in a professional way. With increasing pressure to provide high quality children's services, standards of practice in administration, management and leadership are increasingly being scrutinised. Written for early childhood students and practitioners, Early Childhood Professionals: Leading Today & Tomorrow explores the leadership concepts in an integrated manner.

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Contents

Chapter
1
Roles and responsibilities
5
Definitions and discourse in leadership
17
Mentoring as a leadership strategy
27
Chapter 2
40
Change as a process
47
Change within organisations
55
Planning for change
62
Chapter 5
134
Problems associated with the implementation of public policies
145
Promoting understanding of policies
152
Chapter 6
161
Tools of a childrens champion
168
Professional reform through action research
176
Creating the context for conflict resolution in the workplace
185
Conflict in early childhood settings
191

Putting change into daily practice
68
Leadership practices for effective partnerships with families
76
Why does collaboration with families matter?
84
Training to work with families
94
Chapter 4
106
Regulating quality in early childhood
113
Tools of quality assessment
121
Quality assurancekeys to professional growth
127
Staff development
197
Chapter 8
211
Knowledge as the main source of value added
218
Management points
224
Globalisation
231
Bibliography
239
Index
252
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