Taught course

Leadership in Early Years

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Manchester Met standard entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply:


You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area)

For Further Information

Tutor Contact Dr Patricia Giardiello P.Giardiello@mmu.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Leadership in Early Years provides an opportunity for practitioners, leaders and managers in a diversity of early years’ contexts to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level. Developing knowledge and understanding of the distinctive context of leadership in early years’ provision and multi-agency working is a key feature of the award. In a context of significant shifts in services for young children and families, professional reflection and enquiry is an important attribute for leaders who are expected to maintain quality and deliver improvements, sometimes with fewer resources.

The MA Leadership in Early Years challenges students to think deeply about their own professional role as change agents in improving services for children and families. The award encourages a focus on ideas, research and theory around leadership, multi-agency working, improving communication between individuals and the empowerment of children together with the communities that support them.

We encourage applications from practitioners, professionals and leaders who might be working (or volunteering) in a diverse range of roles in education, health, social welfare/care, community, and other settings, and in the public, private, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors. We aim for an inter- and multi-professional student group on the award for the cross-fertilisation of knowledge, experience and expertise that can be brought to bear, and as it reflects complex challenges in practice and collaborative imperatives.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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