Full Title:Introduction to Supervisory Management for the Early Years Sector
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code: EDUC N7022
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce students to relevant theories and functions of management, to develop skills in the area of supervision and leadership and to gain the regulatory and compliance knowledge to effectively manage an early years’ team and service.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Apply relevant theories and functions of management to handle daily business management and growth of an early years’ centre.
  2. Develop technical skills to effectively manage budgets and daily operations within a business.
  3. Recognise the importance of leadership and role models in nurturing a team. Examine best practice in developing inclusive strategies to ensure equality while building a positive organisational culture.
  4. Examine regulations and discuss policies and procedures to ensure compliance within a fast-changing landscape of the early years sector.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Management and Management Theories
Review historical perspectives of management. Outline the functions of management, to include planning, organising, staffing, leading, and controlling. Review skills, duties and responsibilities of room leaders, supervisors and managers.
Business Environment
Evaluate the influence of changes in the macro, micro and internal business environment to the successful running of a business. Identify successful strategies for coping with change and developing competitive advantage.
Planning and Decision Making
Breakdown the steps in the planning process and identify effective means to strategic decision making.
Supervision and Leadership
Design appropriate job descriptions, understand employment legislation. Review current leadership theories and understand contemporary characteristics of a leader such as motivation and delegation including support and supervision procedures.
Financial Management
Achieve a basic competence in spreadsheet fundamentals to manage a cashflow or budget for a business. Review government and state funding programmes and initiatives which can provide financial support to business.
Effective communication lies in understanding the influence of perception, attitudes and developing communication techniques to both deliver the desired message and listen to the recipient.
Regulation, Policies and Procedures
Investigate a variety of regulations requiring stringent policies and procedures in an early years’ setting. Comprehensive knowledge of AISTEAR and SIOLTA in supporting quality.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work80.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Portfolio Design an initiative to help your early years business obtain competitive advantage. Communicate and gain consensus from your team. Plan its rollout utilising the planning process. Create a budget or cashflow to support the initiative. Write a reflection on your management style during the process. 1,2,4 80.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Professional presentation of your business initiative to a professional audience. 1,4 20.00 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 No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Once per semester 0.20
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Independent Study No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.70
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Recommended Book Resources
  • Tony Humphreys 2006, The Mature Manager Managing From Inside Out, Gill MacMillan Dublin [ISBN: 13: 978 0 717]
  • Emma Zara O'Brien and Margaret Prangnell 2015, Childhood, Social, Legal and Health Studies, Gill & MacMillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717168132]
  • Eileen McPartland 2012, Supervision and Leadership in Childcare, Gill and MacMillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717153428]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 5 Mandatory