Leadership & Management in Early Years settings

Inspired by the need to provide the early years workforce with management and leadership skills to raise standards and outcomes for children, a programme was developed in partnership with Lincolnshire’s Birth to Five Service. The impact and success of the programme has enabled councils across the country to share the benefits of Lincolnshire’s vision and adopt the programme, including East Sussex County Council.

Raising your Game

…features four one day events. East Sussex delivered a series of two events focusing on; improving leadership skills; performance management; communication and managing change and courageous conversations. These elements are designed to embed a culture of continuous quality in pre-school nursery settings.

Leadership and management, early years workforceThe interactive theatre based approach, including a 30 minute play and facilitated workshops suited the learning style of managers, who fully engaged with the process. The supportive environment created a learning space where mutual support, shared learning and group problem solving resulted in a highly productive and beneficial experience.


Measuring impact

When delegates were asked at the beginning and end of the training if they had the skills to manage difficult staff, their competence shifted positively from 45% to 90%.

The training helped me:

  • Increase my confidence – 98% strongly agree/agree

  • Develop effective team working – 98% strongly agree/agree

  • Develop my leadership/management skills – 98% strongly agree/agree

East Sussex County CouncilEarly Years Workforce

Throughout the day you could almost see the penny drop for some individuals as an issue they must have been struggling with was addressed - but with laughter and discussion, so they left with new skills and a positive attitude to the future.

Early Years Workforce Development Manager, Lincolnshire County Council

It was brilliant, I love the way that [The Garnett Foundation] have researched our sector and pitched it just right with scenes and scenarios that the managers can relate to. The training team should be proud of themselves for coming up trumps.

Early Years Welfare Consultant