Management and Administration in EC (EDEC3004)


This unit focuses on the professional organisation and management of dynamic early childhood education and services which are responsive to children's, families' and communities' needs and which operate with good business and human resources. Specifically it outlines the management and leadership issues involved for both nominated supervisors and teaching staff in organising and sustaining early childhood services, and helps foster an awareness of the social and political context within which services are operating. The unit highlights the legal and other responsibilities of qualified early childhood teachers and looks at the development of sustainable policies for maintaining safe and responsible early childhood centres. Early childhood teachers must be competent leaders and advocates for change in the early childhood field and must be able to encourage team building, enthusiasm, good communication skills and harmonious work environments in addition to keeping up to date with mandatory management and governance practices and the mandatory responsibilities associated with these. Teachers need to be able to work with other staff in services to develop shared philosophies and visions for early childhood through individualised, organisational contexts.

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Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/wk, 1x2-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks


2500wd essay (35%) and 2000wd reflective journal (40%) and quiz (35%)


Waniganayake, M., Cheeseman, S., Fenech, M., Hadley, F. & Shepherd, W. (2012). Leadership: Contexts and complexities in early childhood education. South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

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Unit of study rules


120 credit points including EDEC3001 and EDEC3002 and EDEC3003

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