Leadership and early years professionalism will give you a thorough understanding of leadership within the context of early years provision. A heightened profile for early childhood has put the spotlight on leadership skills to support best practice. This book provides key concepts and tools for reflection, enabling current and potential early years leaders to consider their own approach to leadership and to learn the personal effectiveness skills to become a leader. The authors unravel the confusion between leadership and management and explain why leaders are central to the focus on quality and innovative change for early years settings. This book is part of Jennie Lindon's series 'Linking Theory and Practice'. The established approach provides accessible descriptions of relevant theory and research, yet links this information closely to practice with young children and families. The content and style of the series has been developed to support students on Early Childhood degree programmes, Early Years Foundation Degree courses, practitioners working towards Early Years Professional Status and also experienced senior practitioners extending their professional development.