Bev Bacon has worked in early years for 20 years across a range of roles from practitioner through to management, training and HR.
Bev is dedicated to improving the experiences of those working within the early years community in the knowledge that happy, motivated staff teams are the key to happy and engaged children and families.
Qualifying to degree level in Early Years education, Early Years professional status and Human Resource development, her own continuous professional development is key to supporting the ever changing and growing environment that is early years.
Early Years Leadership – formerly The Key Leadership – was founded by Kelly Hill and Bev Bacon in February 2020 in response to a gap in the sector for support for early years leaders and aspiring leaders. In 2021, the business was converted into a not for profit, Community Interest Company to demonstrate the commitment to reinvesting into the sector.
In this session, Bev explains how leadership is a skill that can be learned, a toolbox to be filled up, and has advice for new managers on how to handle this role, which they may have never been trained for.
We discuss how knowing, understanding and implementing the vision of the company that you are working for makes management decisions clearer, especially if there is conflict. Bev describes how managers can be more inclusive by really getting to know the staff, just as we would do with the children. She also has some great advice for settings who may be having challenges with the current recruitment crisis.
Bev finishes the session with some great top tips and strategies for all leaders and managers.
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