ECEC 202 - Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education

This course will prepare students for the roles and tasks required of Administrators or Supervisors of Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. Students will examine the purpose and nature of ECE programs including but not limited to regulated , non-regulated programs at the local/ provincial and federal levels; human resources and financial management; operating and managing child care facilities in a legislative framework; and leadership, professionalism, networking and advocacy.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15


ECED 110 Practicum 2
ECEC 201 Building Professional Family Partnerships
ECTA 121 Interpersonal Communications

OR permission of instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites: 


ECEC 201 Building Professional Family Partnerships
ECED 150 The Early Childhood Professional
ECEC 200 Curriculum 2

ECED 111 Practicum 3


Course Content:
- Understanding early childhood education programs
- Human resource and financial management
- Operating and managing child care centers in a legislative framework
- Leadership, networking and advocacy
- Understanding early childhood education programs:
- Types of child care (regulated and non-regulated)
- Levels of government involved in child care
- Public policy and initiatives: national and international level
- Assessment and quality indicators
Human Resource and Financial Management:

- Budgets and relationship to center philosophy and vision
- Hiring, personnel policies and procedures, performance discipline
Operating and Managing Child Care Centers in a Legislative Framework:
- Governance: non-profit societies versus owner-operated centers
- Working with a Board of Directors or Owner/Operator
- Relevant legislation
- Risk management
- Management of physical space
- Program goals, planning and evaluation; relationship to philosophy/vision
- Scheduling (daily operation; staffing plan)
- Organizational policies and procedures
- Ethical decision making processes
Leadership, Professionalism, Networking and Advocacy:
- Types of leadership and the effects on developing effective teams
- Family centered-care
- Collaborating with other professionals and community partners
- Types of advocacy; advocating for change, connection to philosophy/mission statement
- Beyond the ECE program: professional development, professional practice; networking


Learning Outcomes:
The intention of this course is to familiarize students with the role of the Administrator in key areas of the operation and management of licensed child care programs, as well as to broaden their understanding of the scope of the Administrator’s role in advocating for change and participating in the ECE field. Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

- Demonstrate awareness of types of child care programs and the issues faced by Administrators
- Define the role of Administrators in establishing and maintaining a high quality licensed ECE program
- Demonstrate awareness of all levels of government as applicable to the operation of licensed child care facilities in British Columbia
- Apply relevant local, provincial and federal legislation in the operation/management of licensed child care facilities
- Describe how the philosophy of the program is consistent with the development, implementation, and evaluation of program/management planning
- Demonstrate the ability to create daily schedules and staffing plans
- Demonstrate the ability to create short and long term planning goals
- Illustrate the Administrator's role working with a Board of Directors or owner of a licensed facility
- Demonstrate an understanding of the central importance of budgeting and financial planning of an early childhood program
- Evaluate administrative/operational policies and procedures
- Demonstrate understanding of types of advocacy and the ability to advocate for a relevant cause
- Describe and evaluate the role of the Administrator in creating networking and professional development opportunities

- Think critically
- Think creatively
- Communicate clearly
- Use/analyze assessment tools
- Analyze risk factors
- Analyze challenging situations with staff and families
- Synthesize information
- Ability to organize and prioritize
- Analyze/identify budget income and expenditures
- Access community resources
- Ability to plan in compliance with relevant local, provincial and federal legislation

- Apply principles from the Early Childhood Educators of BC Code of Ethics including adherence to professional conduct


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Additional Course Comments:
Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Competencies:

- A-3 (Code of Ethics and ethical decision-making and judgment; relevant legal and/or contractual obligations; professional boundaries)
- B-3 (Plan appropriate programs, responses and interventions; organize and facilitate implementation of plan; evaluate effectiveness/outcomes and make necessary adaptations,
- B-5 (give and receive constructive criticism),
- C-2 (regulatory framework - all)
- C-3 organizational structure; decision-making protocols/procedures; mandate, vision and/or philosophy)
   1-a (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7); 1-b(3b, 4b), 1-b-8, 1-b-9; 1-d-1(a), 1-3-3(a), 1-d-3(b), 1-d-5, 1-d-6
   2-e-2, 2-e-5
   5-a-1, 5-a-2, 5-a-3, 5-a-4; 5-b-1, 5-b-2, 5-b-3, 5-b-4, 5-b-5, 5-b-6
   6-c-3, 6-c-5
   7-a-1, 7-a-2, 7-a-3, 7-a-4, 7-a-5; 7-b-4, 7-b-6, 7-b-7, 7-b-8
- Current licensing and/or registration regulations (ECE/IT/SN)
- Development of inclusive policies and procedures for all aspects of services administration (ECE/IT/SN)
- Developing working relationships with other professionals and service providers
- Management and administration of child care services
- Students must complete all assignments and must participate in online discussions weekly in order to pass.
- Late assignment submission without prior approval from instructor will incur a 10% deduction.
- Any assignment received over three weeks past the due date without prior arrangements made with the instructor will be marked at 50%.
- Students must have regular access to a computer and the Internet; basic computer skills are needed in order to complete this course.


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.