Early Childhood Management Series

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Manage your team with less stress.

The Early Childhood Management Series is the perfect place to begin.

This 5 session series provides solutions to some of the more challenging aspects of being a manager. We tackle complicated topics such as: time management, conflict, gossip, and trust. We provide simple proven strategies that you can use to deal with these issues and get the best out of your team.

Topics included in the Early Childhood Management Series:

Webinar 1: Time Management for Managers / Nominated Supervisors
Webinar 2: Building Strong Leadership Teams
Webinar 3: It's a Knockout – Resolving Conflict
Webinar 4: Building Trust in EC Teams
Webinar 5: Eliminating Gossip and Promoting a Positive Culture

This amazing series is designed exclusively for Nominated Supervisors, Educational Leaders, Managers, Coordinators and Headteachers who have a strong understanding of Early Childhood Education and are looking to improve their management capabilities. The series is designed for managers just starting out and for those already on their way.

Topic Summaries

Part 1. Time Management For Managers Wednesday 27th July 2022 @ 10:00am AEST

Being time poor is perhaps the biggest hurdle in being an effective manager in an early childhood education and care setting. So many people say, "If I didn't get so many interruptions, I might actually be able to get something done!" 

In this 40 minute webinar we'll use the Eisenhower Matrix to separate urgent versus important and explore how to plan to ensure the right person is doing the right job, at the right time. We'll look at time-saving tools to significantly improve communication with educators and families. These tools can save you literally hours each day.

Part 2. 
Building Strong Leadership Teams Wednesday 3rd August 2022 @ 10:00am AEST

Have you ever found that you’re in charge of doing everything? Sustainability, accident reviews, parent complaints, and even the event coordinator's role is on your to-do list. It shouldn't be that way, it takes many great leaders to build an exemplary service. Services should aim for strong autonomous leadership teams. 

In this 40 minute webinar we'll explore how, as a manager, you can empower teams of educators to independently shape tasks, share knowledge and embrace innovation. Strong leadership teams have a range of subject-matter experts who are specialists in their roles. Shared leadership is strong leadership.

Part 3. 
It's a knockout - Resolving and Preventing Non-Functional Conflict Wednesday 10th August 2022 @ 10:00am AEST

Sometimes even the most harmonious teams struggle to cope with the stress and pressure of our fast-paced environment. This often leads to miscommunication and non-functional conflict, which can derail the entire team. In this webinar we'll explore Roger Fisher and William Ury’s Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach to resolving conflict. We'll unpack strategies to help separate people from the problem, learn how to establish a workable plan and discover how managers can mentor educators to achieve long-term productive relationships. "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." – Mahatma Gandhi 

Part 4. Building Trust in EC Teams Wednesday 17th August 2022 @ 10:00am AEST

A team without trust isn’t really a team: it’s just a collection of staff working together—like parallel play, but for adults. A group working like this will often make disappointing progress. They don’t share information. They battle over responsibilities and authority. It doesn’t matter how capable or talented your people are, they may never reach their full potential if there’s no glue to bind them together. In this 40 minute webinar we'll explore how trust can help teams become stronger, more purposeful and more cohesive. We'll unpack the ten trust behaviours needed for a high-performing team and discuss how you can promote these behaviours through your role as a manager and leader. When people trust each other, the team becomes stronger, more purposeful and more cohesive. 

Part 5. Eliminating Gossip and Promoting a Positive Culture Wednesday 24th August 2022 @ 10:00am AEST

Just as you and I have personalities, teams have personalities too. Some teams are fun-loving, future-focused and open to change. Other teams are negative, stuck in the past and resistant to new ideas. The culture or personality of the team is often influenced or controlled by the manager or leader of the team. In this 40 minute webinar we'll explore five key levers in creating and maintaining a positive service. By focusing on how we communicate, celebrate, make decisions, resolve conflicts and develop relationships we can create a culture that promotes high performance and a sense of belonging.

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