Leadership in the early years

Key Facts            

Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study options: Face to face (5 days) plus distance learning
Duration: 1 year
Start date: September 2019
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 PG credits
Fees: £1,625
Tutors Professor Chris Pascal & Professor Tony Bertram
Entry Requirements: An undergraduate degree is generally requested as applicants will be expected to study at Post Graduate level, but applications from practitioners without degrees, but with relevant experience are encouraged.

Who is this course aimed at?

This training and development programme has been developed for early years leaders who will benefit from, and can contribute to, a programme addressing the needs of leaders within multi-agency early years services

It will be suitable for :
- Early years and foundation stage leaders and teachers
- Nursery heads and day care managers
- Locality leads and LA officers
- Family support managers 

What are the main themes?
- Understanding the benefits of critical reflection
- Developing personal leadership through an action research cycle
How will it help my practice?

You will have the opportunity to:
- Examine some of the characteristics of leadership within the early years sector and the challenges faced in developing effective teams in, and across settings/localities
- Explore the differences between leadership and management
- Collaborate in the development of a learning community with a culture that will support you to become successful,  enthusiastic and independent adult learners, capable of shifting your own practice and that of others
- Set an agenda of reading, reflection and actions for further development within a learning community of system leaders
- Identify and understand the nature of organisational change  and explore a range of strategies and tools that can  support positive  change management within a turbulent and resource-limited climate   
- Discuss ethical considerations and an appropriate code of conduct for research

Key dates for 2019/20:

Each newly enrolled student must attend an induction day on either:
Monday 9th September 1-3 PM, or
Monday 23rd September 1-3 PM
Day 1 - Monday 14th October 2019
Day 2 - Tuesday 10th December 2019
Day 3 - Wednesday 5th February 2020
Day 4 - Tuesday 17 March 2020
Day 5 - Thursday 30th April 2020
Assignment 1 (20 PG Credits) submission deadline: Monday 17th February 2020
Assignment 2 (40 PG Credits) submission deadline: Monday 29th June 2020

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