Everyone working in early learning and child care are important leaders for the children they work with, their families and colleagues. That was the message at a leadership event for the sector held in partnership by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and Education Scotland in Paisley on Saturday (6 February).
More than 100 workers from early learning and child care settings, including nurseries, childminders and schools, attended the event, also supported by the Scottish Childminding Association and the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.
Keynote speaker at the event was John Butcher, Executive Director (Education and Youth Employment) at North Ayrshire Council. Delegates also heard from Doreen Hearshaw and Aileen Ramsay, managers of early learning and child care settings, who spoke about their own leadership skills and how they use them to support the development of others as well as themselves.
Anna Fowlie, SSSC Chief Executive said: ‘Effective leadership for all is not only about the workforce. It also emphasises the important leadership role of children and families in helping influence early learning and child care services and their experiences of them.’
Alan Armstrong, Education Scotland Strategic Director said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with the SSSC at this event which is linked to our series of Scottish Learning Festival Extra events. Today’s programme reinforces the importance of strong leadership by everyone involved in early learning and child care. I know that those attending will gain a great deal of professional learning from the wide range of activities on offer.’
As well as hearing from speakers, delegates had the opportunity to share best practice in a series of workshops from each of the partners and supporting organisations. The event was held in partnership with Education Scotland as part of the Scottish Learning Festival Extra series of events.
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