Course Title: Management in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Josephine Ng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7861

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course extends knowledge and skills in management for planning, organising and coordinating early childhood education services. As leadership and management are often inherently linked, this course articulates the different dimensions of management concepts in early childhood similar to the management found in small-business enterprises. It critically synthesises the essentials of management and brings together a wealth of literature on management in early childhood to reconceptualise understanding of management theory and practice for continuity and stability in early childhood settings. You will examine strategies and models of management and develop capabilities necessary for active engagement with short and long term issues faced in the management of early childhood centres. A range of responsibilities in early childhood settings will be explored such as systems, records and files, human and financial resources management, organisational skills and understanding the policy and legislative regulations for early childhood services. The roles of management organisations like Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) and local councils will be examined.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and apply concepts of management in the practice of managing early childhood settings 
  • Reflect on differences between leadership and management
  • Critically analyse and synthesise management theories and recent early childhood developments in theory and practice both local and international contexts
  • Identify, evaluate and utilise a range of strategies for management that promote stability and smooth operations of early childhood centres
  • Discuss global and current requirements for professionalism in the management of early childhood settings 
  • Develop capability to work collaboratively with other stakeholders and liaison with relevant government authority.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1