Last Updated: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Leadership and Management Development Toolkit for Early Learning and Childcare Staff

What is this?

This toolkit brings together a range of resources, videos, case studies, training and continued professional learning opportunities available to support staff at every level across the Early Learning and Childcare sector.

It includes self-evaluation tools and tips for reflective practice, alongside tools to assist development and improvement. There is even a handy ‘Pathways’ resource from the Scottish Social Services Council to guide you throughout your journey.

Who is this for?

Staff working in Early Learning and Childcare.

Leadership and Management Development Toolkit for ELC Staff

Effective leadership and management supports staff to grow and develop, and helps ensure positive life outcomes for children and their families.

Building strong leaders is particularly important during the period of change of the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion programme and beyond. This tool has been developed to support you in reflecting upon your current leadership capabilities and identify areas for further development.

The tool is divide into sections to help you determine what type of resources might be most useful to you: emerging, established or accomplished. Whatever resources you choose to explore further, all professional learning undertaken can be considered towards your continued professional learning (CPL) in line with Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC) requirements or those of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

You can find the toolkit here Leadership and Management Development Toolkit

Improvement questions

You do not need to be in a formal leadership or management role to demonstrate leadership. Emerging leadership is about demonstrating leadership potential; established leadership can be consistently demonstrated in practice; and accomplished leadership is about providing a model of good leadership to which others can aspire.

  • Consider where you are in your leadership journey within your current role. In what ways do you demonstrate your leadership capabilities?
  • Having reviewed the information in the toolkit think about your next steps:
    • What do you need to do next?
    • Who or what can support you in developing your leadership?