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Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings

Postgraduate | MAQ-ECHX8260 | 2024

Previously MAQ-ECHX826

Build your capacity to lead and manage by exploring early childhood leadership theory. Investigate management structures, regulatory and legislative frameworks, and the ethical and professional roles and responsibilities required

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you 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 foundational 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.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-TCH-MAS-2024 - Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

  • MAQ-ECHX6010-Health and Well-being in Early Childhood (no longer available)

  • MAQ-ECHX8200-Families in Context (no longer available)

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ECEX826 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECHX826 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) ECED826, ECEX826, ECED604, EDCN845, ECED745, ECED834, ECHX826
NCCW ECHE8260 Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings

[Admission to MTeach(0-5) and (40cp from ECEX or ECHX units at 6000 level) and (ECEX820 or ECHX820 or ECHX8200) and (ECEX823 or ECHX823 or ECHX8230) and (ECEX824 or ECHX824 or ECHX8240) and (ECEX827 or ECHX827 or ECHX8270)]

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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