Managers in child-centred settings need to be able to draw on a wide range of personal and professional skills to ensure that they are providing the best possible service. Now in its third edition, Essential Skills for Managers of Child-Centred Settings looks at how you can develop the key leadership skills needed to manage people to achieve excellent settings for children.

The authors outline ten ‘essential skills’ for leading and supporting those around you in your child-centred settings and offer sound advice so you can build your personal and professional skills and become a confident and assertive manager. With a balance of both accessible theory and practical application from a wide range of settings, this book explains management theory and will help you to develop the skills to:

● become a confident leader

● set clear aims and objectives for your setting

● manage your time effectively

● make decisions and implement change

● build and develop a team

● reflect on and develop practice

● deal with difficult situations and people.

This book also contains case studies and ‘real-life’ scenarios from managers undertaking training with the authors which will ensure you provide an excellent service in your setting. No manager or leader should be without this user-friendly guide!

chapter Chapter 1|9 pages


chapter Chapter 2|10 pages


chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Reflective practice

chapter Chapter 4|10 pages


chapter Chapter 5|11 pages

Giving feedback

chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

Change management

chapter Chapter 7|7 pages

Inclusive practice

chapter Chapter 8|9 pages

Time management

chapter Chapter 9|10 pages

Building a team

chapter Chapter 10|9 pages

Evaluation processes