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Building Strong Relationships in Leadership with The Little Foxes Team


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Last year, after speaking at a conference, I was contacted by, Sophie Kerr, the owner of Little Foxes Nursery School in Wiltshire, England, an early childcare center that believes in the power of strong role models in children’s learning and development.

She had heard me speak about B.R.I.D.G.E., the 6 key meta skills you need as a childcare center leader, and it immediately resonated with her.

Although she had a strong team of directors, they were struggling in some crucial areas, like managing their calendars and having difficult conversations with staff, that were impacting the overall culture of the school.

So, when she reached out to inquire more about leadership training for her team—Kathryn, Amy, and Jen—I invited them to apply for our Director’s Inner Circle membership program.

I knew it was the perfect place for them to not only develop their leadership meta-skills, but get support from other directors who were experiencing the same struggles and working toward the same goals.

But what I didn’t expect was just how incredible it would be to watch each of their journeys unfold, side by side.

The extent to which the program transformed their leadership in such distinctive and personal ways was powerful to see.

That’s why in this week’s podcast episode, I’m sitting down with the Little Foxes team to hear their stories about how being in the Director’s Inner Circle membership program has uniquely transformed their leadership and school cultures.

Join us for a conversation about:

  • Their leadership styles before joining the program
  • Their experience implementing the gratitude matrix, one-on-ones, and more
  • The impact of their leadership on parents and families
  • How they’ve grown thanks to the program’s resources, coaching, and community


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If you want to experience a leadership transformation like that of the Little Foxes team, I encourage you to apply for our Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. As a member, you’ll gain access to tools, resources, coaching, and community that will help you as you work toward building a school of excellence.

Or, if you’re looking for a more team-centered experience to elevate your circle of leaders, you could be a good fit for our Leadership Day Intensive. You’ll get a full day of on-demand, in-school training with me, plus various accountability check-ins, to help you and your team transform your center’s leadership and build a stronger, healthier culture.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don’t miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!