The Quality Journey: Is There a Leader at the Helm?
By Anne Grey
This article explores the role of the leader in early childhood centre self-review.
Two case studies of centres that had successfully completed self-review in the previous twelve-month period were undertaken. The leader of each centre was interviewed, the participants in the self-review were involved in a group discussion on the role of the leader, and the documentation pertinent to the review was examined.
Both leaders laid the foundations for self review by shaping a centre culture based on reflective practice together with on-going meaningful professional development, collaborative relationships and a responsiveness to the community.
Centre leaders demonstrated personal characteristics such as fairness, integrity, courage and collegiality, which motivated the participants to commit to the review process.
Both leaders also conducted the review process in a way that empowered the participants. Read more ...
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