ECS303: Management Skills for Childcare Environments


2nd February 2018 All Day


Galway, Ireland

A sound management approach brings with it the promise of greater effectiveness and efficiency, accountability and best practice.  This module will outline for you the origins of management theories. It explores how our views and beliefs in regard to different theories will influence how we view management theory and its application in the early childhood education and care sector.

Learning Outcomes

The module outcomes stated here summarise the more extensive learning outcomes stated at the beginning of each unit. To complete the module successfully, you need to achieve all of these learning outcomes.

  • Discuss the history of the development of management theory and definitions of management
  • Discuss the reasons for resistance to management in the voluntary sector and the childcare sector
  • Outline different management styles and practices
  • Define the different theories of management and what theory in practice, or mix of theories, might best suit a childcare service
  • Discuss the consequences of a failure or refusal to manage
  • Discuss some of the moral and practice dilemmas that management and the failure or refusal to manage, pose Examine key areas (as explored in the different units of this module) of employment, managing staff performance, managing in the not-for-profit sector, managing the business elements of childcare, how management practice can be brought to bear to ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency in achieving the aims of a good childcare service
  • Describe how to ensure best performance across all areas of activity by defining what is required
  • Devise systems to measure achievement in these areas
  • Be able to access the knowledge that will keep you up to date in current best practice and laws, in key areas that need to be constantly managed, such as those that relate to employment, company law, child welfare and so forth
  • Describe the policies, procedures and work practices necessary across a range of activities to ensure the best management of the service. These will include codes of practice, agreed aims and objectives, roles and responsibilities, administrative procedures and any work that needs to be coordinated, organised, evaluated, and planned for, in order to achieve the agreed aims of the service
  • Integrate your learning from other modules (Leadership and Law especially) with your learning about management