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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Management & Social Entrepreneurship in ECE
Module Code EC414
School 77
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aishling Silke
Semester 2: Aishling Silke
Autumn: Aishling Silke
Module TeachersAishling Silke
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will examine the concept of social entrepreneurship and how it applies to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Challenges of a neo-liberalist agenda on social entrepreneurship in ECEC will be discussed. The module will explore a range of management theories and styles and examine their effectiveness when managing an ECEC setting. The skills and competencies of a manager including, operations management, human resources, marketing and finance will be explored in detail. The administration required to ensure adherence to funding requirements and compliance to current legislation will be reviewed. Implementing the profession's ethical principles and relevant codes of practice are considered.

Learning Outcomes

1. Articulate the concept of social entrepreneurship within the Early Childhood Education and Care context.
2. Critically reflect on the challenges of sustaining a social entrepreneurship model in a neo-liberalist society.
3. Explore a range of management theories and critically evaluate their effectiveness when applied to an ECEC setting
4. Demonstrate an understanding of roles, responsibilities and functions of the manager within an ECEC setting with particular reference to the policy and legislative context.
5. Make appropriate professional choices in relation to promoting the well-being and welfare of children, educators and parents in an ECEC setting

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assessment Feedback45No Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study56No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationTime at the end of class will be provided to students to write up actions based on class discussion.10%n/a
AssignmentStudents will be required to demonstrate learning by developing an individual response to a case study from the perspective of a manager while collaborating with others.90%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Linda Miller and Carrie Cable: 2011, Professionalization, Leadership and Management in the Early Years, Sage, London, 978184920553
  • Moyles, Janet: 2006, Effective Leadership And Management In The Early Years, McGraw-Hill Education (UK), 9780335221011
  • Maureen Daly: 2009, Early Years Management in Practice, Heinemann Vocational, 9780435402471
  • Mary Moloney,Jan Pettersen: 2016, Early Childhood Education Management, Routledge Research in Early Childhood Education, 9781138120457
  • Carol Aubrey: 2011, Leading and Managing in the Early Years, SAGE Publications, 9781849207553
  • June O'Sullivan: 2015, Successful Leadership in the Early Years, Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781472919038
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BECEBachelor of Early Childhood Education

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