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Leadership in ECE

Early childhood leadership is incredibly challenging but also exciting. It is primarily focused on supporting and encouraging individual teachers to work together to make a difference for children.

Celeste Harrington (AUT) and Lorraine Manuela (Director at Tots Corner) bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to discuss the many aspects of leadership in ECE. Both have considerable experience in leadership roles in ECE centres and explore what leadership means in ECE, building relationships, how to support teams to work effectively together, and the importance of pedagogical leadership.

To help you navigate the webinar easily, we have provided a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed.

You can also read our insight article exploring key ideas from the webinar.

Topics discussed in this webinar

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video

1.16The role of the leader in an early childhood setting
3.03Distributed leadership or a hierarchy of leadership?
5.11Putting children at the centre
7.53What’s the difference between leadership and management
12.13Teachers who don’t want to lead/take responsibility (also at 37m14s)
14.20Building teachers’ confidence and competence
15.53Guidance for taking on a new leadership role 
20.50What is appreciative inquiry?
22.43What to do when there are problems
25.02Reflection as a tool for the leader
27.29How to encourage teacehrs to collaborate and work together well
30.30What works in settings without positional leaders 
32.28How to develop pedagogical leadership
37.14Getting all staff to contribute
39.37Courageous conversations 
41.53Leaders’ wellbeing
43.59Books or people that inspire leadership practice
47.58Concluding comments
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