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Leadership and Management in the Early Years
ISBN: 9781907241420
Jane Cook
68 pages
Price: £18.99
This book has been written for all leaders and aspiring leaders with responsibility for improving the quality of early years settings. It brings together current research and effective practice to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to: motivate and get the best from your team; identify and develop your personal leadership style; clarify your vision for quality and set realistic but challenging goals; solve problems creatively.


  • Appeals to all leaders and managers with line management responsibility
  • A practical, common sense approach to leadership that you can apply to your everyday practice
  • Includes a chapter on supervision which is a key requirement of the new 2012 EYFS framework. 


About the author

Jane Cook has nearly 25 years of experience as a leader. She was an early years advisory teacher, nursery, infant and primary headteacher, assistant director at the DfE Sure Start Unit and early years advisor for the National Strategies.  She is currently Managing Director of Linden Learning, an ethical educational consultancy.




"A highly accessible text which introduces complex issues to students who have little, or no, management/leading experience. Accessible ideas. Excellent links to practice". 

Cathryn Keighley, Associate Principal Lecturer in Early Years, Leeds Trinity University.


"Clearly written - useful and easy read format. Good springboard for future reading and/or developing depth in this subject" 

Sarah Phillips, Early Years and Childcare Lecturer, NEW College, Redditch.


"It is written and presented in an easy to access format. The case studies are always useful to discuss in class"

Jean Carratt, Lecturer, South Lancashire College.


"Illustrated throughout ... and clearly set out in an easy to read way this is a very useful first introduction to the world of leadership and management ... an ideal introduction for practitioners making their first move from working directly with children to managing adults in a more senior role within an early years setting."

Early Years Update magazine, June 2013.


"Good ideas, giving clear explanations"

Sue Saunders, Senior Tutor, Dudley College.


"A fantastic book with lots of points for reflection, students will be able to relate the discussion."

Natalie Gibson, HE Lecturer, University@Blackburn College. 


"... a good basic text for students who haven't considered the subject before (for example, Full time undergraduate students), as well as part-time practitioners who need to develop their understanding of the subject, and reflect on their own practice. I have recommended the book with both full and part time students  who have found it very affordable, readable and useful in their studies and their practice."

Vicki Silver, Senior Lecturer, University of Chester.


"This fits perfectly with a leadership and management module we deliver, with a particular emphasis on the importance of reflection. There are some excellent mini case studies and examples for learners to relate to and links to theory at an understandable level make this a good solid, basic book."

Lisa Fowler-Parkes, Foundation Degree Co-Ordinator, South Staffordshire College.


"A great resource to use in class with students, easy to read and great for supporting reflection, some really good case studies to use as a lecturer."

Angela Bonehill, Lecturer, Coventry University College.