Love-Based leadership in early childhood education


 Satu Uusiautti and Kaarina Määttä
University of Lapland, Yliopistonkatu 8, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland



 A day care center is not just any place where children can spend their day while parents are at work. How to ensure that children have good childhood experiences and how to sup-port their positive development from the very beginning of their educational career? In this study, we introduce the concept of love-based leadership and discuss its role and implemen-tation in early education. Love-based leadership in early education is a method that renews teachers’ professional skills. The Finnish early childhood education system offers favorable premises for love-based leadership in early education. The method should also be included in the curriculum of future early childhood education teachers.


Key words:

 early childhood education, early childhood education teachers, caring, peda-gogical love


DOI: 10.15503/jecs20131-109-120


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