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Successful finale for Early Years programme

Liverpool Hope University and School Improvement Liverpool Ltd once again invited early childhood professionals to an event designed to support Early Years Leaders from the Merseyside area.

Funded by School Improvement Liverpool, this was the fifth and final cohort, taking the total number of participants to have completed the programme since it started in academic year 2015/2016 to 70.

The event gave course participants the opportunity to talk 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.

Sara Hughes from Kiddy Academy, Liverpool, said: “I found the course really interesting and it has built up my confidence. My challenge was to look at delegation and children’s outcomes, and it was great to be able to share experiences with other Early Years leaders. The highlight has been seeing the interactive scenarios put into practice and already seeing positive results.”

Early Childhood specialist Dr Babs Anderson and the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) team from Liverpool Hope University have been working in partnership with the Liverpool Local Authority School Improvement team (Early Years Strategies) to deliver the programme.

Dr Anderson said: “We have come to the end of a successful programme where innovation and creativity have been at the forefront. Both Liverpool Local Authority and Liverpool Hope University have worked seamlessly to provide a relevant and positive experience with the aim of enhancing participants’ leadership quality within Early Years settings.”

Following on from this, Lisa Dorrity, Senior School Improvement Officer, EYFS Learning Strategies, said: “It has been rewarding to see the high number of managers and deputy managers attend the programme at Liverpool Hope University. For me, it has been invaluable to hear each of the groups feedback to an audience with confidence and pride about their identified focus and self-evaluation of the project, particularly where they demonstrate the difference their leadership is making to the children and practitioners in their own setting.”

Special guest Luciana Berger MP attended the event at Hope Park Campus to meet the participants and experts involved.

Picture: (L-R) Jennifer Staunton, Quality Improvement Officer, School Improvement Liverpool and Dr Babs Anderson, Liverpool Hope University.

Published on 24/05/2018