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Discuss the role of the manager within an early year's child care or education setting.

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Early Years Foundation Degree CI2105 The Senior Practitioner 2) Discuss the role of the manager within an early year's child care or education setting. Jane McCormick Preston College The intention of this work is to discuss the role of the manager within an early years childcare, or educational setting. It aims to critically evaluate management competence, professional practice, effective communication and continuous improvement and the significant and emerging theories and principles that underpin these aspects. The writer will also deliberate the methods, techniques and processes relating to management and early years settings. The role of the reflective practitioner is particularly important in an early years setting and the implementation of staff appraisals and consequential development goals is an area where this is observable. The writer intends to study all these areas and facts relating to the setting and to review and discuss the performance of an early years manager. There are many different theories surrounding management. Weber favoured the classical approach and was very bureaucratic in his style. Experts connected with the classical theory are not commonly associated with educational settings, as the characteristics are much less to do with people, as they are mechanistic. In order to examine a range of these theories, the critic has chosen to discuss the role of a manager in a nursery. A manager of such a setting, not only has to deal with the children, but also, amongst numerous other tasks, the habitual running of the nursery, staff, and administration. ...read more.


How leaders deal with change can affect the members of staff. When first becoming a manager within an early years setting, mistakes or errors undoubtedly will occur. It is important, however, that as reflective practitioners we, 'do not fear mistakes - fear only the absence of creative, constructive and corrective responses to those mistakes.' (Covey, 2004, p106) If a specific failing has not been accounted for, the work force may panic. This is the chaos theory. A manager utilizing this method may be somewhat dismayed when members of staff are afraid to adapt to new implementations. It is always a good idea to plan in advance what will happen when things go wrong. If the manager were to cover every eventuality, for example to follow the contingency theory, this would lead to a very organized and trusting workforce. It is, however, very time consuming and one person alone may not have the ability to cover this area. Communicating well with staff and establishing a society of continual improvement may help in ensuring that crisis management is alleviated (Green, 2000). In order to run a nursery effectively, it is necessary to hold regular staff appraisals. Indeed, the government has also recognised this and it is now compulsory that all schools administer this procedure (Green, 2000). The nursery in this instance has frequent meetings involving all the members of staff. The author believes that holding these supervision meetings, gives the manager and the staff members the opportunity to take time out of their busy schedules, giving them an opportunity to reflect upon their work. ...read more.


This is vital to the effectiveness of this system as the team working with the children need that security of knowing the manager is always behind them in everything they do. This work has examined the role of the manager within an early years setting. The writer has critically evaluated the competence of the supervisor in this setting and is of the opinion that the manager is not only an excellent role model to her staff, but also a successful leader of her team. Her communication skills enable her to address each member of staff fittingly and with the management style appropriate to the situation. Her style of leadership is comparable to the most up to date theories of management and she successfully combines this with the ability to organise the nursery to an exceptional standard. The reflective practitioner utilises the observations of staff and children to advance and progress their performance and as a result is a highly respected member of the team and the community. If it was possible to summarise the job description of this manager in her early years setting in a few words, they would be communicative, motivating, inspiring, compassionate and steadfastly child orientated. Being an effective manager is not just something we are born with. Aspiring managers and leaders must merge education, training, learning and innovation together, to become the best they can be. Having a sound theoretical background is an essential and the best managers and leaders enhance this with motivation, self-belief and the ability to inspire others. ...read more.

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