Leadership and Management

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Children playing follow the leaderAs the early years sector matures it will take on its own responsibility to evolve, improve and innovate. Strong, child centred and family visionaries who can motivate and empower staff will be crucial as system leaders.


Pen Green Research Centre has set up a national network of ten Early Years Teaching Centres to lead research in this area.

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Pen Green

At Pen Green we are committed to children and families. We hold them in mind in everything we do, from the work within our children’s centre to the professional development we provide through our research base.
For 25 years we have held the philosophy that it is crucial to work in close partnership with parents. This philosophy is reflected in our daily practice, and in the courses we have developed over the years.


The National College is playing a crucial role in developing leadership and management through specific Foundation Years projects.


The National College works to develop and inspire great leaders of schools, early years settings and children’s services so that they can make a positive difference to children’s lives. It has the remit to provide leadership development for children’s centre leaders and to develop approaches to foundation years system leadership, to build capacity and capability. The aim is to enable sector-led systems and quality improvement. www.nationalcollege.org.uk or email enquiries@nationalcollege.org.uk

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Reflective question:


How do you as a leader work with colleagues to share best practice?


Leaders email us at foundation@4Children.org.uk to post your leadership professional development needs in order to inform  policy.

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Comments (6)

  1. Pauline France, November 9, 2011
    As a governor of a nursery school and children's centre I am interested in how changes to the Ofsted school inspection framework are going to drill down on the distinct elements of EYFS leadership now that inpsectors are no longer required to grade this phase of education. Also as the inspection is data driven what has been done to take account of proposed changes to EYFS assessment framework from September 2012? With the loss of a nationally defined threshold it will be difficult for governing bodies and children's centres advisory boards to monitor impact of EYFS provision in terms of children's outcomes.
  2. Rebecca Holgate, March 5, 2012
    Reflective toolkits within the setting are paramount to looking at what we do and how we can improve on practice. They give us an opportunity to discuss what best practice means to us as an individual and how we believe we can all achieve a vision together to provide an outstanding practice for all. These are completed on a monthly basis with the team and shared at room leader meetings or staff meetings.
    • Lesley-Ann B, April 11, 2012
      I am currently in the middle of a NCSL Leadership pathways course and it has been extremely useful in allowing me, as a leader to self-reflect on my practice. I am very interested in your comment about 'reflectie toolkits' and how you use them. Could you elaborate further as to what these would look like or are there any useful websites that I can get them from?
    • kimberley, November 1, 2012
      hi Rebecca - which reflective toolkit do you use? thanks Kimberley
  3. Ellie, September 30, 2012
    could someone please link me to the page where i can download the wheel of progress thankyou
    • Ellie, October 5, 2012
      department for education website has all the info you will need about the eyfs including the wheel.

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