Administering Early Childhood Settings: The Canadian Perspective, 4th edition

  • Marilyn Yeates
  • Donna McKenna
  • Carolyn Warberg
  • Karen Chandler

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Designed for Administration, Supervision, and Management courses in early childhood education departments.

This fourth edition of Administering Early Childhood Settings is designed to help students gain an understanding of what is often thought of as “the other part of early childhood education”: administration, funding, government policy, and advocacy. Competent administration is crucial to creating quality environments that meet the needs of Canadian children, parents, staff, and communities. This book builds on practitioners' knowledge of early childhood philosophy and practice by providing an understanding of administrative practices, standards of professionalism, and the place of advocacy.

Table of contents

1. High Quality Early Childhood - A Definition.

The Need for a System. What Is Quality Early Childhood Education? Indicators of a Quality Environment. Indicators of Quality: The Child's Environment. Indicators of Quality: Caregiver Characteristics. Indicators of Quality: Contextual Factors. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading.

2. Changing Roles of Government.

Childcare in Canada: The Need. The role of the Federal Government. The Role of the Provincial and Territorial Governments. The Role of Local Governments. Milestones in Policy and Legislation. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix: Provincial Legislative Offices, Regulations, and Early Childhood Organizations.

3. The Philosophy Statement - A Framework for Success.

The Importance of the Philosophy Statement. How to Develop a Philosophy Statement. Implementing and Assessing a Philosophy. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix: Sample Program Statement from the Ontario Day Nurseries Manual.

4. Making Curriculum Work.

What Is Curriculum? Three Major Positions on Child Development. Developing Curriculum - Where to Begin. Developing Curriculum - The Supervisor's Role. In Conclusion Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix: Activity Planning Sheet.

5. Physical Environments.

Developmental Considerations When Designing Space. A Systematic Approach to the Use of Existing Space. Designing New Environments. Planning Outdoor Environments. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix: Health and Safety Checklist.

6. Staffing - The Key to Quality.

Defining a Competent Early Childhood Educator. Early Childhood Education as a Profession. Stages of Professional Growth. Methods of Enhancing Professionalism. Supporting Staff Development: The Supervisor's Role. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix A: Sample Job Description. Appendix B: Sample Early Childhood Staff Performance Appraisal. Appendix C: ECEBC Code of Ethics.

7. Leadership Styles and Challenges.

What Is Leadership? Leadership Styles. Shared Leadership. Decision-Making in a Collaborative Setting. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix: Leadership Style Questionnaire.

8. Financial Matters.

The Importance of Financial Planning. Different Kinds of Budgets. An Operating Budget Item by Item - Staff Costs. A Budget Item by Item - Non-Staff Expenditures. A Budget Item by Item - Income. Assessing the Potential for Outside Funding. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading.

9. The Organizational Framework.

The Organization of Early Childhood Settings. Administrative Policies and Procedures. Organizing the Flow of Information. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions Further Reading. Appendix A: Example of an Application Form. Appendix B. Permission for Giving Medicine. Appendix C: Sample Return to Day Care Centre Form. Appendix D: Accident Form. Appendix E: Infant/Toddler Program Daily Information Sheet. Appendix F: Sample Medical Record. Appendix G: Sample Interview Form. Appendix H: Initial Interview Form. Appendix I: Intake Interview Checklist. Appendix J: Guide for Infant/Toddler Parent Interviews. Appendix K: Health and Emergency Procedures. Appendix L: Financial Policy.

10. Families and Early Childhood Programs - A Vital Partnership.

Why Involve Parents? The Benefits of Partnerships with Parents. Obstacles to Parental Participation. Ways for Parents to Get Involved. Communicating with Parents. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix: A Sample Parent Involvement Questionnaire.

11. Community, Resources, and Advocacy.

Developing New Programs within the Community. Ensuring a Variety of Programs. Marketing New and Existing Programs. Community Partners and Outside Funding. Public Education and Advocacy. In Conclusion. Activities. Review Questions. Further Reading. Appendix A: Source of Funding Information. Appendix B: National Child Care Organizations. Appendix C: Sample Child Care Survey Questionnaire. Appendix D: Marketing Strategies for Child Care Settings. Appendix E. Sample Marketing Plan. Weblinks. Bibliography. Index.




Published by Pearson Canada (July 1st 2000) - Copyright © 2001