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Administrative Skills for ECE Centres

Course Code: ECED 2412
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

This course is for students who wish to increase their skills in managing group childcare and early education facilities. Topics such as program philosophy and policy design, financial management, and staff development and relationships with families and community will be highlighted.

Course Content

Major Concepts

  • A high quality early childhood education (ECE) program starts with a sound philosophy which reflects both current ECE practice and the values and beliefs of its constituents. This philosophy drives the operations of the educational or care service.
  • To possess the overview required to administer an ECE centre, one must understand the history of childcare in Canada and North America, and keep abreast of current issues and trends in the field.
  • Guiding the operation of programs for young children requires familiarity with the legal regulations which govern childcare.
  • Central to effective organization and leadership of an ECE centre is the development and on-going revision of a clearly articulated and complete set of centre policies and procedures which are consistent with program philosophy. This ensures that administrative decisions are based upon thoughtful and carefully considered guidelines.
  • Meeting the educational and care needs of children and their families is the primary purpose of quality ECE programs. This begins with the design and implementation of child observation and documentation systems which can be used when interpreting child growth and behaviours to parents and allied professionals. The day-to-day activities of the childcare program are dependent upon a well-planned record keeping system where current, relevant information about the children and their families, staffing and payroll, and the governance of the centre are kept.
  • Effective administration requires the understanding and application of the principles of sound financial management.
  • The first priority of a competent administrator is concern for all of the people who participate in the childcare environment.
  • To ensure that staff maintain their ideals and retain their enthusiasm, the supervisor provides many, varied opportunities for feedback, self evaluation, professional development and education.
  • Capable leadership in the centre involves compatible and cooperative working relationships with both centre management and union personnel.
  • Capable leadership involves guiding the centre through future planning in response to family and community needs. The ECE administrator networks with resource people and organizations in the community and speaks on behalf of the centre in a competent and professional manner.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Group Discussion and Projects
  • Workshop

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. 

  • Reports
  • Exams
  • Essay
  • Budget Development Project

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop a sound philosophy which reflects both current ECE practice and the values and beliefs of its constituents.  This philosophy drives the operations of the educational or care service.
  • Understand the history of childcare in Canada and North America, and keep abreast of current issues and trends in the field.
  • Know and practice within the legal regulations which govern early childhood licensed settings.
  • Develop a clearly articulated and complete set of centre policies and procedures that are consistent with program philosophy.  This ensures that administrative decisions are based upon thoughtful and carefully considered guidelines.
  • Design and implement child observation and documentation systems which can be used when interpreting child growth and behaviours to parents and allied professionals.  The day to day activities of the childcare program are dependent upon a well planned record keeping system where current, relevant information about the children and their families, staffing and payroll, and the governance of the centre are kept.
  • Understand and apply the principles of sound financial management.
  • Know how to provide varied opportunities for feedback, self-evaluation, professional development and education.
  • Lead centre or service by developing a system of compatible and cooperative working relationships with both centre management and personnel.
  • Guide the centre through future planning in response to family and community needs.  The ECE administrator networks with resource people and organizations in the community and speaks on behalf of the centre in a competent and professional manner.
  • Network with resources people and organizations in the community and speak on behalf of the centre in a competent and professional manner.

course prerequisites

ECED 2312

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.