The Early Childhood Education sector around the world is constantly changing, whether because of the unprecedented demand for ECE services globally, accelerated social change, or the introduction of pedagogical and regulatory practices. Based upon empirical inquiry, Early Childhood Education Management examines the somewhat controversial concept of operating an early childhood service as a business. It challenges the assumption that an early childhood manager does not require specialist knowledge or skill and discusses which attributes an effective manager should possess.
In this book, which brings together management theory and practice, Moloney and Pettersen address core issues at the heart of the management role, including the relationship between early childhood policy and broader legislative enactments, as well as issues related to the challenges and development of management skills. The book also draws upon real-life examples from practice in order to offer insight into some of the most common topics and challenges related to management practice in Early Childhood Education, such as business acumen and entrepreneurship, recruitment and selection, financial management and budgeting, supervision, mentoring, staff development, curriculum management, collaborative working, and change management.
Written by leading academics with practice experience, the book should be of great interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the field of education, specifically those working in early years and education policy and management. It should also be essential reading for managers working in Early Childhood settings.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. International Context 3. Management Theory 4. Business Management 5. Entrepreneurship 6. Roles and Responsibilities 7. Financial Management 8. Human Resource Management 9. Managing Performance 10. Change Management 11. Final Comments
Mary Moloney is Lecturer in Early Childhood Care and Education at Mary Immaculate College, Ireland.
Jan Pettersen is Lecturer and Programme Chair for the Early Childhood Education programme at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.
"I found this book useful as it encouraged me to reflect on my own management style and the individual styles of managers I have employed and managers I have worked for." – The Early Years Foundation Stage Forum