Leadership in early childhood education: what does it mean to be a leader?

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Leadership in early childhood education: what does it mean to be a leader?

 I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples – Mother Teresa

The calibre of leadership has a direct influence on the quality of education and care children receive through childcare centres. Ultimately, it is thoughtful leadership combined with a team of passionate and nurturing childcare educators that results in better outcomes for children – outcomes that will last them a lifetime!

The role an educator plays in childcare extends far beyond the first few years of a child’s life. In fact, various research shows that the first few years are indeed the most influential: these experiences directly influence the adult they will become.

Leadership in childcare: for children

The art of communication is the language of leadership – James Humes

As a leader in childcare, your overarching goal is focused on the wellbeing and development of children. This is achieved through several facets, some of which we touch on below.


As a team or room leader, one of your major responsibilities will be to develop (or help develop) learning programs to promote education.


It might sound peculiar, but children engaged in full-time care may well be spending just as much time with educators than with their own parents! As such, development is a critical part of the childcare journey.

A good leader nurtures children through emotional, cognitive, social, and motor development.


Of course, a good leader should also ensure room programs will engage and entertain little ones! Entertainment in various forms (music, dance, art) is a key facilitator in the development of both fine and gross motor skills.


Yes, the last point we want to address for children is how to be a good leader by… instilling leadership skills!

The most important job here is to set a good example. Other important factors include encouraging teamwork, developing open communication, and building decision-making skills.

Leadership in childcare: for childhood educators

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things – Peter Drucker

Leadership extends beyond the children in your care. Those who make up your team need someone to lead them and guide them as they develop and strengthen a variety of skills.

A good team leader acts as a mentor to his or her team, and will never turn down an opportunity to receive feedback! Leadership builds team members’ confidence and improves their job satisfaction.

Strong leadership also promotes great working relationships between educators.


A good leader guides and acts as an example to be followed, but an even better leader also allows those within their team to build their own confidence.

Confidence is a really important trait within a childhood educator, and a good leader instils confidence, rewards goodness, and offer constructive advice. A good leader does not belittle or put down.

Happiness and job satisfaction

Through fair and positive leadership, you’ll be strengthening happiness within your team!

Be part of a team who LOVE coming to work every day and treat their job as more than just the money-maker. Boost your team’s happiness and see it reflected directly in children’s attitudes as well as the entire operation of the centre.

Be part of a stronger, more united team through great leadership!

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Strive for a range of career achievements and combine your passion for children’s education with your skill for leading. Our childcare courses start on the 17th of every month in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

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2017-10-09T01:04:50+00:00August 17th, 2017|Childcare|