Explain the features of effective team performanceThe features of effective team performance are set up through positive leadership. An effective team will work together, be focussed and supportive of each other to achieve and reach certain targets. For a team to be effective; each member needs to be clear on their roles stated in their job description so that each person knows exactly what is expected of them and their role within the team. The leader or manager should also be aware of each individuals skills set or weaknesses and be able to provide support where necessary and utilise their strengths. Training and support will enable staff to improve performance, develop confidence and boost staff morale within the team. One may ask ‘How does leadership in a setting enhance the quality of provision and improve outcomes for children’s care, learning and development’? Productivity – If the team is working effectively together, they can achieve much greater outcomes for the children than they could individually. For this to happen, the whole team needs to be effectively working together with all practitioners feeling both supported and valued. Each practitioner will have their set of strengths and weaknesses, and when practitioners work effectively together, they will complement each other’s skills. Eg. Organising a School production; make sure everyone knows who is responsible for each task – playwright, producer, director, hair and makeup costumes, sound and light. When everyone knows what they are doing it keeps confusion to a minimum, enabling the show to be a success. Support- When a team is effectively working together this will demonstrate that individual is being supported. This creates a strong team and keeps morale high and practitioner turnover low. All practitioners will feel like they can get the knowledge, support and encouragement they need from someone else in the team meaning everyone grows in confidence, and best practice is always promoted. Appraisals and supervisions are a good tool to ensuring everyone feels supported as this can identify any problems or training needs. Eg. Having an observation of a planned lesson and then followed by an appraisal to discuss how the lesson went, as well as any concerns/matters arising that need to be addressed. Experience – When a team works together more often than not there are different levels of experience and knowledge. These skills can be shared across the team helping others develop skills further as well as feeling valued and appreciated. This will ensure standards and practice across the setting is high.Flexibility – Practitioners will sometimes need to work together to share training or any concerns. They need to be flexible and able to work effectively together regardless of the situation that brings them together. This is paramount for the welfare of the children and the level of practice across the setting.