EEB427 Leading Early Childhood (8)

This subject focuses on understanding the nature and enactment of leadership in the field of early childhood education and care. Emphasis is given to the construction of leadership philosophy and the development of specific leadership knowledge and skills. This learning is then applied to the challenges of leading in integrated services, mentoring staff and leading pedagogy. The notion of leadership is explored from various perspectives and critiqued to ensure attention to both positional and distributed approaches. How leadership knowledge and skills inform advocacy for the ECEC field is a central objective of this subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Northern Sydney Institute
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEB427. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Assumed Knowledge

EEB423 Leadership and Management

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be aware of the range of skills and knowledge required for effective leadership enactment;
  • be able to articulate the relationship between leadership philosophy and authentic leadership enactment;
  • be able to demonstrate the relationship between positional and distributed leadership in the ECEC context;
  • be able to demonstrate the relationship between effective collaborative practice and integrated service provision;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate leadership and management strategies to facilitate collaborative teams;
  • be able to apply effective leadership skills to lead pedagogical and curriculum development;
  • be able to articulate the value and process of mentoring;
  • be able demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills and relationship building strategies to afford effective teams; and,
  • be able to use strategies to build institutional cohesion and vision to guide quality ECEC practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The relationship between leadership philosophy and authentic leadership enactment that links philosophy to practice.
  • Understanding the value and role of positional and distributed leadership in ECEC.
  • Exploring explicit leadership strategies to apply to the ECEC context.
  • Why mentoring matters: using collective mentoring to build professional capacity.
  • Exploring and critiquing innovative and alternate conceptualisations of leadership for the ECEC field.
  • What is the role and value of integrated services to children and families?
  • The relationship between leadership and collaborative practice in integrated services.
  • How leadership knowledge and skills apply to the development of cohesive ECEC teams.
  • Exploring the role of a pedagogical leader in the ECEC context.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.