Full Title:Business and Management in the Early Years Sector
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8162
 
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 a strong foundation of management theories whilst exploring how these can be applied to early years settings. In addition, strategies for strong economic business sustainability within an early years service will be examined to achieve greater effectiveness, coordination and efficiency.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Appraise management theories and apply in the context of contemporary early years care and education work environments.
  2. Examine the key functions of Human Resource Management strategies and legislation within Early Years context.
  3. Exhibit an ability to develop a sustainable and ethical business plan for the Early Years sector.
  4. Synthesise policy documentation for managing change to enhance high quality Early Years practice.
  5. Debate the key influences in an Early Years organisation’s interpersonal environment.
  6. Assess the range of the funding/financial mechanisms and programmes available to the models of service delivery within the ECCE sector.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Management and Management Theories
Define management and the different theories of management; theory in practice, or mix of theories best suited in the context of contemporary early years care and education work environments. The concepts of management within ECEC; contemporary issues including gender, diversity, equality & inclusion, working conditions, international perspectives; levels and skills of management, managerial roles.
Key Functions of Management and Human Resource strategies
Critically evaluate the key functions of management, legislation and appropriate Human Resource Management strategies; planning, organising, staffing, financing, support & supervision; appraisal procedures and practice; Reflection on leading, managing, resourcing, and developing people skills for pedagogical leadership; Management approaches to mentor and support early years professionals in continuous professional development.
Sustainable and ethical business
Learners will give consideration the steps in decision-making process; factors which may inhibit good decision-making. Understand the role of marketing a business, setting targets & reviewing progress. Appreciate the potential of E - marketing and internet, identify key elements of good customer practice, and develop an awareness of customer legislation. Social responsibility, strategic corporate philanthropy, corporate governance, whistleblowing, business ethics and strategy
Regulation and Policy for Quality Practice
Learners will analyse and combine an in depth understanding and knowledge of quality provision, regulation, inspection, organisational structures and systems required to ensure the effective compliance with and the ethical strategic management of sustainable high quality Early Years organisations. Comprehensive knowledge of Síolta, Aistear and other current policy directives will form the basis for this learning outcome. Organisational culture, diversity, equality, inclusion and change will be explored.
Managing the Organisation’s Interpersonal Environment
Learners will explore and identify various human behaviours, interpersonal; subjectivity, intersubjectivity and its implications for the organisation. Identify models of best practice appropriate to the profile of staff in Early Years sector. Consequences of a failure or refusal to manage, moral and practice of dilemmas that management pose. Attitudes, beliefs and practices; personality, perceptions, learning, motivation and emotion/stress in the workplace. Group influence, group formation, group-think, teams, work systems; managing change with a view to enhancing quality. Strategies and communication mechanisms; importance of supporting communities of practice
Funding/Financial Mechanisms and Programmes within ECCE
Assess the range of the funding/financial mechanisms and programmes available to the ECCE sector and the implications for the strategic business management plan. Explore the various grants, applications, budgets and financial viability of same. Exploring publically funded business models and private and social enterprise models. . Financial management awareness, appreciate importance of good financial management, key financial performance indicators, cash flow forecasting, pricing strategies, techniques for securing payment from debtors
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Portfolio Professional Portfolio with content to include a variety of material to support a sustainable business plan & effective HR Management: e.g. proposed business plan (new set up or extended provision); process of recruitment, induction, support & supervision of staff, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation, regulation, policy and best practice 2,3,6 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
Essay Assignment: Written essay displaying broad knowledge of management theory, to include e.g. functions of management and discuss the potential of such functions to contribute to effective management in the early years sector. 1,4 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Presentation of a chosen area within HR Management Skills that can be role-played using various mediums to present same and include peer assessment 5 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
No End of Module Formal Examination

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Portfolio Professional Portfolio with content to include a variety of material to support a sustainable business plan & effective HR Management: e.g. proposed business plan (new set up or extended provision); process of recruitment, induction, support & supervision of staff, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation, regulation, policy and best practice 2,3,6 40.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Assignment: Written essay displaying broad knowledge of management theory, to include e.g. functions of management and discuss the potential of such functions to contribute to effective management in the early years sector. 1,4 30.00 100 40 n/a 0
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Presentation of a chosen area within HR Management Skills that can be role-played using various mediums to present same and include peer assessment 5 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
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 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
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Moloney, M. & Petterson, P. 2017, Early Childhood Education Management: Insights into business practice and leadership., Routledge London & New York
  • Aubrey, C. 2007, Leading and Managing in the Early Years, SAGE Publications London
  • Daly, M., Byers, E., & Taylor, W. 2009, Early years management in practice., 2nd Ed., Essex: Heinemann.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Armstrong, M. 2008, How to Be an Even Better Manager., 7th Ed., London: Kogan Page
  • Belbin, M. 2010, Team roles at work,, Routledge
  • Derman-Spraks l. and Edwards O. 2010, Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves,, NAEYC Washington D.C.
  • Jablon, J., Donbro, A.L. and Johnsen, S. 2016, Coaching with Powerful Interactions: A Guide for Partnering with Early Childhood Teachers., naeyc Washington:
  • Robins, A. and Callan, S. 2009, Managing Early Years Settings., SAGE Publications London
  • Share M., Kerrins, L. Green, S. 2011, Developing Early Years Professionalism, Children's Research Centre Dublin
  • Tiernan, S. Morley, M.J. & Foley, E. 2006, Modern management theory and practice for Irish students., 3rd Ed., Gill and Macmillan Dublin
  • Moloney, M. & McCarthy, E. 2018, Intentional Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care : Exploring Core Themes and Strategies, Routledge [ISBN: 9781138092884]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Gotvassli, K. Å. 2015, Management for Learning: Challenges in ECECs in Norway., Paper presented at the EECERA conference, Barcelona.
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNLME_8 BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management for the Early Years Sector 2 Mandatory