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2-019 Course
Fundamental Centre Systems 
learning time
This self-paced course is 7 Modules and approximately 6 hours of learning time.

who is this for?
You are an ECE leader or manager looking to create effective centre management systems.
You want to learn how to attract and employ people who are the right philosophical fit.
You want to develop a clear centre philosophy and align this with teacher practices.
skill level
Ideal for beginner managers and leaders in New Zealand ECE services.

This course takes a close look at the big system level things that need to be in place and working effectively for an ECE service to thrive. 

Attracting and employing people who are the right philosophical fit and with the right set of skills (or the willingness to develop them) makes everything else work more smoothly.

Developing a strong philosophy and aligning ways of working with it, and then having systems that drive and sustain improvement are things that don’t happen by accident. This deep dive course will provide you with the foundations of how to intentionally develop a quality service that serves children, their families and teachers well.

This course includes;

  • Recruitment and finding the right fit for your team.
  • Effective induction.
  • Developing an effective philosophy.
  • Developing and maintaining systems for compliance.
  • Key systems that drive improvement.
  • Useful employment templates for recruitment.

Presented by Barbara Watson (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)
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About the Course Creator

Barbara Watson (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)

Barbara is a qualified early childhood and primary teacher and has owned and managed early childhood centres. Having worked as part of the EC Professional Support team at the Faculty of Education for 7 years, she has strong links with The University of Auckland. While in this role Barbara facilitated a variety of workshops and programmes for a wide range of ECE services and also lectured on a number of ECE papers.

Barbara has a passion for supporting teachers to make effective links between theory and practice. Her Masters thesis focused on leadership and adult education and her PhD investigated how induction and mentoring programmes are enacted in education and care services. Barbara works with centre leaders as a mentor, coach and external appraiser.

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