This online unit, offered by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia, aims to develop students’ capacity to lead quality childhood education. They will critically examine social, political and legal contexts within Australia, and explore leadership theory in an early childhood setting.
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.
Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings will equip future managers and leaders with the theory and analytical skills they need to provide quality childhood education at their respective workplaces.
You must have successfully completed the following units before starting this unit:
Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy
Health and Well-being in Early Childhood
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following course:
Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)
Areas of study
In this Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to the unit
The socio-political context of early childhood settings
Leading for quality
Theorising leadership and management in early childhood
Leading and managing in different early childhood management structures
Evaluation and strategic planning
Business planning and financial management
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
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years), Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit is suited for those who wish to teach in “prior to school” settings, such as pre-schools and childcare centres. Using a combination of theory, practice and policy, you will be well equipped to provide quality childhood education for young children.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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