Full Title:Leadership and Mentoring in the Early Years Sector
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8159
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide students with theories and concepts of effective leadership, mentoring and agents for change in the context of the early childhood sector in Ireland & beyond. Students will also critically examine the role of the early years professional in leading ethical high quality reflective practice within a contemporary society.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Analyse the role of leadership, leadership styles and theories in the context of the ECEC sector.
  2. Identify the personal strengths, qualities and skills required to ensure effective leadership within the ECEC sector.
  3. Appraise the role of mentoring to support reflection, action and learning, considering the theories of adult learning which lead to transformative practice.
  4. Examine the nature and perspectives on change, creating change, resistance to change; evaluate strategies for leading and managing change with a view to enhancing quality and supporting an anti-bias play-based curriculum within the ECEC sector.
  5. Illustrate and foster leadership qualities in others, both adults and children, while being a strong advocate for children, the rights of the child, families, early years professionals & equality, diversity & inclusive practices.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The concepts of leadership within ECEC; contemporary issues including gender, working conditions, international perspectives; relationship between management, leadership and administration; driving forces for quality and change; supporting equality, diversity & inclusive practice; leadership & mentoring within ECEC.
Personal Strengths, Qualities and Skills of Leadership
Leadership behaviours; vision, value, people & influence behaviours; emotional intelligence and leadership; fundamental capabilities; effective communicator; teamwork and team stages; achieve the task, build & maintain the team, develop the individual; motivation; conflict management; negotiation; difficult and challenging conversations; focus on the shared goals; trust, valuing and respecting each person’s experience and opinion
Professional Identity and Advocacy
Students will explore and discuss Leaders who pursue change require professional knowledge of research, leadership and pedagogy. To develop professional identity, early childhood leaders need to think in alternative ways, to reshape and reconstruct who they are, what they stand for, and what they want to achieve. Foster leadership qualities in others, both adults and children as leaders; being a strong advocate for children, families and early years professionals
Leadership and change; effective leadership in team building; ethics of leadership; nature of change; perspectives on change; resistance to change; strategies for leading and managing change; organisational culture and change; communication and change.
Mentoring and the Adult Learner
Outline the development of mentoring within Irish practice; international perspectives; types and theoretical models of mentoring; characteristics of successful mentoring; mentoring vs coaching; theories of adult learning to include transformative practice/praxis; phases of mentoring relationships; limitations; constructive feedback; building a community of learners within the ECEC sector.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay Written Assignment: Critical analysis of the role of leadership & mentoring in enhancing quality and bringing about change within the ECEC sector. 1,3,4 50.00 100 40 n/a 0
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Group Project Analysis and presentation of a case study. Each group will present a report (2,500 words). Each individual student will include a critical reflection of their experiences of mentoring and leadership/developing your leadership capacity within the group. Each group will make a 15 minute presentation. 2,4 50.00 100 40 n/a 0
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture Lectures will be delivered using a combination of face to face and on-line contact 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Students are guided to materials that provide additional relevant 66.00 Once per semester 4.40
Independent Study Student responsibility to organise and manage own study space and time and commitment to supplement classroom input with additional reading and interpretative reflection 150.00 Once per semester 10.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 16.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Iram Siraj 2013, Effective and Caring Leadership in the Early Years, SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Jones C. & Pound L. 2008, Leadership and Management in the Early Years from Principles to Practice,, Open University Press Berkshire
  • McDowall Clarke, R. and Murray, J. 2012, Reconceptualizing Leadership in the Early Years, Open University Press UK
  • Rodd, J. 2013, Leadership in Early Childhood: The Pathway to Professionalism., (4th ed.) Ed., Open University Press. Buckingham:
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Hallet, E. 2014, Effective and Caring Leadership in the Early Years., SAGE Publications Ltd. London:
  • Whalley M. 2011, Leading Practice in Early Years Settings,, Sage London
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Garvey, D. and Lancaster, A 2010, Leadership for Quality in Early Years and Playwork., London: NCB.
  • Goleman D. 2009, Emotional Intelligence,, Bloomsbury London
  • Harvey N. 2010, Effective Communication, 3rd Ed., Ed., Gill & Macmillan Ltd. Dublin
  • Marilyn Chu 2013, Developing Mentoring and Coaching Relationships in Early Care and Education: A Reflective Approach (Practical Resources in ECE), Pearson
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Dahlberg G. and Moss P. 2008, Beyond quality in early childhood education and care - language and evaluation,, New Zealand
  • Eeva Hujala, Manjula Waniganayake & Jillian Rodd 2013, Researching Leadership in Early Childhood Education., Tampere University Press , .
  • Wong, D. and Waniganayake,M. 2013, Mentoring as a Leadership Development, Researching Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNLME_8 BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management for the Early Years Sector 1 Mandatory