Developing Effective Teamwork
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Many people will be familiar with the old cliché ‘there is no ‘I’ in team’, which reminds us all of the importance of working together, sharing responsibilities and maintaining a balance of the different roles within the team. Despite this every team does in fact begin with ‘I’, the ‘Individuals’ who come together to form the team and without whom the team cannot exist.
There is a need for individuals to be recognised in the first place as being a part of the team. The childminder who collects a child from nursery every afternoon continues to provide for that child’s learning and development within the same framework that any other childcare setting does. The speech and language therapist visiting a particular child in a setting once a week cannot be seen in isolation from the other aspects of care and support the child receives. In fact every individual who has an input into the child’s care, learning and development should be acknowledged as an equal participant to the work of the team. When this happens, the team can then progress to establish themselves as a ‘learning community’ where social learning takes place as a group of people share common goals.
Developing Effective Teamwork will support all types of childcare provision to develop a cohesive team where ‘Individuals’ share common values and beliefs and are working towards the same set of guidance and principles. Their place within the team is valued and individual needs, strengths and weaknesses are consistently identified and developed. Recognising the importance of a whole team approach to the EYFS Developing Effective Teamwork offers practical advice on how to motivate staff to embrace new approaches to their work. The book offers strategies and advice that can be applied to all areas of activity; in particular partnership working and continuous quality improvement.
ReviewChristina Dee, Director for Forest School Learning Initiative
This is an attractively presented handy sized book which straight away entices the reader to pick it up and ‘dip in’. I found it to be logically laid out, easy to read and follow, with appropriate reference to the theory that underpins teamwork. The book has a clear purpose, and from the start there are immediate links made to the requirements of the EYFS for team working and collaboration.
From the beginning the book puts the “Team” into perspective at all levels and includes the team in terms of early years practitioners, parents, children and the Government and their respective roles. I particularly like the reference to including parents as equal members of the team and “doing things with them rather than to them”.
Clear reference is made to leadership theories with reference to team working; there are also positive links made in relation to the role of teams in continuous quality improvement. The emphasis on reflective practice within the EYFS is referred to in the role of teams, in being able to reflect on relationships within the team as well as safe working practices; clear strategies are identified for readers to apply in their setting.
There is strong reference made to established theories of team development which have then been further explored in relation to early years teams. The way this has been done within the book is excellent and the theory is explained well. Throughout the book there are excellent case studies that the reader can relate to and use.
In summary, Developing Effective Teamwork is a useful and thought provoking resource.
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