Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Case Study - Leadership in action (50%) , Essay - Analysis of a leader's roles (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX826 Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings.

This unit aims to build students’ capacity to lead and manage quality early childhood education settings. The unit critically examines the social, political and legal contexts within which early childhood education settings in Australia operate, and explores early childhood leadership theory. Students will investigate diverse management structures, regulatory and legislative frameworks, and the ethical and professional roles and responsibilities of early childhood teachers as leaders and managers.

 At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically engage with the ever changing socio-political and legal contexts within which early childhood settings operate
  2. analyse key differences between the managing and leading of an early childhood setting, and the range of management structures under which early childhood settings operate
  3. demonstrate a strong understanding of leadership theories 
  4. demonstrate knowledge and skills that they, as future managers and leaders of early childhood settings require
  5. apply high order analytical and integrative thinking skills through critique of practice and theory to understand the complexities of early childhood management and leadership
  6. demonstrate a commitment to managing and leading ethically and professionally
  7. develop professional judgement and vision in relation to leading and managing early childhood settings
  8. reflect on their own knowledge and skill base and consider professional development priorities that will enable them to, as a future leader of an early childhood setting, play a critical role in that centre’s provision of quality early childhood education for young children.
  • Case Study — Leadership in action (50%)
  • Essay — Analysis of a leader's roles (30%)
  • Journal — Reflective journal (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ECEX826 — Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Unit
2The socio-political context of early childhood settings
3Leading for quality
4Theorising leadership & management in early childhood
5Leading and managing in different early childhood management structures
6Evaluation and strategic planning
7Business planning and financial management
8Policy development
9Communication and decision-making as early childhood leaders
10Building and leading staff
11Networking and working with other professionals
12Leading intentionally through advocacy and activism
13Professional growth and career planning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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