The latest Early Years Chartered Leader Programme cohort has completed the course, describing the experience as a valuable learning opportunity.
Aimed at leaders – managers and deputies – in Early Years provision, the Liverpool Early Years Chartered Leader Programme is designed to support reflective leadership.
Janine Perry, who participated in the third cohort, said: “Attending the programme has given me the opportunity to network with other settings, sharing ideas, experiences and knowledge. It has been a valuable learning experience for me, as I have been able to put into practice ideas shared from others that have worked well for them.
“In group discussions, we have supported each other looking and identifying different ways to tackle needs of the settings, and to know that we are not alone and share the same challenges within our nursery settings. Most importantly, we were given the time to complete this, something which we often find difficult in a busy childcare sector.”
School Improvement Liverpool funds the course, and it is delivered by Liverpool Hope University.
Lisa Dorrity, Senior School Improvement Officer at School Improvement Liverpool, said: “The Early Years Chartered Leadership programme was put together to improve leadership across the Early Years sector by allowing managers to reflect on their role as leaders.
“Through expert facilitation at Liverpool Hope University, practitioners were encouraged to share ideas and think critically. The programme examined the role of leadership by encouraging participants to explore their own leadership style and challenge their understanding of effective leadership.
“Managers were supported to make a change in their setting by using research journals to ensure they had the theory that supported the change, and by sharing effective practice with other professionals. The celebration event highlighted the importance of managers networking with each other as well as the drive and commitment to be outstanding leaders.”