In this chapter, Sonia and Jamel will be discussing:

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team; sitting with, understanding and respecting each perspective and area of expertise

Having parents as part of the team around the child

The importance of unifying the team around the child from the ground upwards

Creating a shared understanding and breaking down barriers

Bringing back the value of the practitioner and your position as an advocate for the children in your care

Wellbeing of staff

Empowering the practitioner and developing a supportive management structure and network

The importance of having a diverse workforce and the need to diversify pedagogy and provision

Men in the early years and issues with retention32