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Pedagogical Leadership in Early Learning and Childcare

Professional Development Resource

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How to use this professional learning resource

Think Discuss Act

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What is Pedagogy?

Pedagogy is about learning,


teaching and development, Pedagogy is about the
influenced by the cultural, social interactions and experiences
and political values and which support the curriculum
principles we have for children in and the process of how young
Scotland, and by a strong children learn.
theoretical and practical base.
Learning and Teaching Scotland (2005) Lets talk about pedagogy Scottish Government, (2014) Building the Ambition
Scottish Executive Edinburgh: Scottish Government

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of pedagogy in your own words.

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Pedagogy at the heart of the curriculum?

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So, what is pedagogical leadership?

Management of the setting Passion Delegation

Excellent knowledge of how


Professional values young children and infants Monitoring quality of
develop and learn provision

Sharing good practice Control of budgets Reviewing staff forward plans

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Pedagogical leadership in practice

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So, what is pedagogical leadership?

Monitoring quality of
Passion Delegation
provision

Excellent knowledge of how


Professional values young children and infants Reviewing staff forward plans
develop and learn

Sharing good practice Management of the setting Control of budgets

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Whats important at Springvale Early Years Centre

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Whats important?

Empowering staff Shared Vision Relationships at all levels

Effective communication and


Creativity and innovation Linking research and practice
consultation

High quality learning and Self-evaluation and


teaching monitoring Positive role models

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Actions of a pedagogical leader

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Linking research and practice
A pedagogical leader:
Engages in open discussion and exchanges
Identifies new developments in pedagogy. with their colleagues by presenting their
ideas in public forums and documents.

Sets the pedagogical agenda by Is able to communicate the views and


maintaining an awareness of the issues in findings of practitioners and researchers
pedagogy. to others involved in the ELC field.

Help researchers and practitioners


Achieves and maintains credibility in both
understand each others perspectives and
the practitioner and research worlds.
their contributions to the field of ELC.

Katz, L. G. (1997). Pedagogical Leadership. In S. L. Kagan & B. T. Bowman (Eds.), Leadership in Early Care and Education
(23-33). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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Looking outward

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Pedagogical leadership in practice

I like to think of a pedagogical leader


as someone who understands how
children learn and develop and makes
this happen, taking account of every
element of the service from home to
school including significant
relationships at home, at school and
within the wider community.
OSullivan, J. (2009) Leadership skills in the early years: Making a difference. London: Network Continuum Education.

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As a pedagogical leader how
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reflect and improve their
practice?

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Actions of a pedagogical leader
Enhance discussions of
Helps support and develop Self-
Leadership of pedagogy, increasing Evaluation
well thought out innovation.
change expertise. for self-
improvement

Enhances the capacity and


Creates a strong vision. commitment of others to
change.
Leadership of
Curriculum
Sets a good example by learning

striving to provide high Creates a strong culture of


quality early learning and improvement.
childcare.

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professional dialogue?

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Watch the video clip here:
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leader how do you
know staff are
meeting the learning
needs of all children.

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Pedagogical leadership is

Pedagogical leaders are

Pedagogical leaders can

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