Everyday advocacy work of the Baby Room Leader

Sakr, Mona ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3057-2758 (2023) Everyday advocacy work of the Baby Room Leader. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood . ISSN 1463-9491 [Article] (Accepted/In press)

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There is a growing body of literature on leadership and leadership development across the early years (EY) sector. EY leadership research so far has tended to focus on positional leadership demonstrated by setting managers or preschool room leaders. There is a notable gap in our understanding of the role of the Baby Room Leader (BRL), leading practice for birth to two year olds, and how leadership can be developed in this specific context. Drawing on a design workshop with BRLs and nursery managers, as well as five follow-up semi-structured interviews with BRLs, this article offers an insight into the role of the BRL with a particular focus on everyday advocacy. The article presents four advocacy themes in baby room leadership. These are 1) highlighting and understanding the impact of baby room practice, 2) sharing passion for working with babies, 3) advocating professional development specific to the baby room and 4) challenging discourses and stereotypes surrounding those who work in the baby room. These themes represent both current realities in baby room leadership and opportunities for future development and mobilisation.

Item Type: Article
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Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
Item ID: 37684
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted version of a paper due to be published by SAGE Publications in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood.
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Depositing User: Mona Sakr
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2023 09:45
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 12:19
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/37684

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