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A Leadership Case Study in Early Childhood Settings: Transforming from a Nursery to a Children’s Centre

Male, T; (2007) A Leadership Case Study in Early Childhood Settings: Transforming from a Nursery to a Children’s Centre. Green open access

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Abstract

Leadership in early childhood education has become more complex in England since the introduction of new policies and initiatives relating to childcare following the election of the Labour government in 1997. Prior to this childcare provision and early childhood education had been a mix of commercially oriented and publicly funded organisations, with nursery schools or classes dominating the educational provision. In 1998 the government signalled its intention for families to be given the choice of looking after their children full-time, or to combine work, education or training with parenting in a balanced way through the publication of the green paper entitled “Meeting the Challenge of Childcare”. The principal mechanism created within the Department for Education and Skills to deliver this ambition was the Sure Start, Extended Schools and Childcare Group within the Children, Young People and Families Directorate. Sure Start thus targeted a number of areas within the country where there were significant concentrations of socio-economic deprivation to work in partnership either with existing providers or develop new provision. A key element in this strategy has been the introduction of the Sure Start Children’s Centre programme, based on the concept that providing integrated education, care, family support and health services are key factors in determining good outcomes for children and their parents. This is the research report of a Sure Start Centre I visited in June, 2006 which had previously been a local authority maintained nursery school.

Type: Report
Title: A Leadership Case Study in Early Childhood Settings: Transforming from a Nursery to a Children’s Centre
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Early Childhood, Sure Start, Nursery, Leadership, Education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472989
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