Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the Unit
    • The socio-political context of early childhood settings
    • Leading for quality
    • Theorising leadership & management in early childhood
    • Leading and managing in different early childhood management structures
    • Evaluation and strategic planning
    • Business planning and financial management
    • Policy development
    • Communication and decision-making as early childhood leaders
    • Building and leading staff
    • Networking and working with other professionals
    • Leading intentionally through advocacy and activism
    • Professional growth and career planning
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

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

  1. Understand and critically engage with the ever changing socio-political and legal contexts within which early childhood settings operate
  2. Identify 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Leadership in action (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Analysis of a leader's roles (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Reflective journal (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-ECEX826

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

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject aims to build students’ capacity to lead and manage quality early childhood education settings. The subject 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.

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