Early years programme

Liverpool Hope University and School Improvement Liverpool Ltd invited early childhood professionals to find out about a new programme designed to support Early Years Leaders.

The Liverpool Early Years Chartered Leader Programme was piloted between September-February 2016 with 10 participants, and a second cohort of 22 participants have just completed the course. The course is aimed at leaders (managers, deputies) in Early Years provision (nurseries and other Early Years settings).

At a special event, course participants talked about the changes they have introduced into their settings, their motivation and rationale for those changes, and the outcomes of these changes in terms of leadership and management within their settings. They also showed posters detailing their development.

The course is funded by School Improvement Liverpool (a Local Authority traded company) and delivered by Liverpool Hope University. A further two cohorts will undertake the programme in 2016-17.

Early Childhood specialist Dr Babs Anderson and the CPD team from Liverpool Hope University are working in partnership with the Liverpool LA School Improvement team (Early Years Strategies) to deliver the course.

Dr Anderson said: “The original impetus for the programme was the commitment by Liverpool Local Authority to enhance the quality of leadership within Early Years settings. This was combined with expertise from the Early Childhood Department at Liverpool Hope University to develop an innovative and creative programme, designed to support reflective leadership within the participants’ professional leadership positions.”

Lisa Dorrity, Senior School Improvement Officer at School Improvement Liverpool said: “The pilot of the Liverpool Early Years Chartered Leader Programme was a huge success. Participants were able to network, share expertise and further their understanding of the role of leadership and management in early years settings.”

Stephanie Beesley, Nursery Manager at Bright Horizons Broadgreen said: “The leadership programme has been a fantastic opportunity for me to reflect on my current leadership style and its effectiveness. I have been empowered to further embed my values, quality standards and expectations. I have mostly enjoyed networking with other managers and sharing best practice within the group. As a nursery we have improved clarity of our shared goals, aspirations and success indicators are already visual.”

Joanne Pritchard, from Community Family Services Nursery, Liverpool, added: “It has been very interesting and reassuring to hear that other practitioners experience the same things that I have experienced in my day to day role. It has been nice to hear different points of view during group discussions and different strategies people have tried to resolve problems. I have really enjoyed sharing ideas and experiences in an environment that I felt safe to do so. I knew that I wanted to explore my leadership skills further and I have been pleasantly surprised by all the different areas that this course has opened up.”

To find out more about The Liverpool Early Years Chartered Leader Programme contact gustarf@hope.ac.uk 0151 291 3061

Pictured (L-R) Joanne Prichard, Dr Babs Anderson and Stephanie Beesley.

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