Child Day Care Management

  • Program Title: Child Day Care Management
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (One year)
    Program Availability: Full time or Part time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description


    This program will help you train for a rewarding future in child day care management. Our child day care management program has all the latest information to prepare you to manage a daycare facility. You will have the opportunity to learn about children and their development, financing and budgeting, staffing, licensing and certification, equipment, and more.

    Even students who have already completed their early childhood education (ECE) requirements enroll in our Child Day Care Management program in order to complement their expertise in working with children with learning how to own or operate a daycare centre. This program is available by distance learning, on-the-job-training and for small groups in your community.

    Students have fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. To supervise the design, implementation and evaluation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environment, which reflects a philosophical orientation and responds to the needs of young children and their families.
    2. To administer child-care programs according to required financial management standards and conform to the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario. Please Note: The D.N.A. requires supervisors to have at least two years experience working in childcare.
    3. To design, implement and evaluate marketing strategies specific to ECE programs.
    4. To evaluate staff performance and identify professional development opportunities that respond to staff training needs.
    5. To utilize a computer system in the management of an Early Childhood Education setting.
    6. To develop and demonstrate a variety of effective communication techniques.
    7. To display a professional leadership style appropriate to the role of an administrator of an Early Childhood Education program.
    8. To develop and implement policies, systems and procedures that support the developmental needs and safety of young children and ensure the provision of high quality care and conform to the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario.
    9. To build and foster relationships with families, boards of directors, volunteers and community resources.

    Your Career


    The job description of a child day care manager is similar to that of any school administrator. However, child day care managers mainly oversee facilities that house younger children. They work in preschools, nursery schools, daycare centers, pre-kindergarten programs, group homes and, in some cases, school systems to oversee and coordinate child care and educational programs.

    Child day care managers are responsible for setting the tone for the facility, managing the curriculum, overseeing physical facilities, hiring staff and managing the overall image of the center. They sometimes also ensure compliance with all local and federal laws governing child care, both in regard to the physical environment and the staff, and manage the financial affairs of the child care facility.

  • Admission Requirements


    College Eligibility

    • 19 Years of age OR
    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma OR
    • Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    • Grade 12 English

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. A Program Declaration Form must be completed, signed and submitted to indicate that you have met the program’s admission requirements. This form must be submitted prior to registering for your first course.

    Police Records Check Documentation
    Agencies that provide placement opportunities may require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency.

    Field Placement Eligibility
    To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of First Aid certification, Health authorization, and a PRCSVS to the College. A copy will be retained on your file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

    It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Admissions Office.

  • Courses


    2015/2016 Academic Year

    Semester 1
    Study Skills Strategies
    Computer Fundamentals
    Communication Strategies
    Conflict Resolution
    Workplace Ergonomics
    Event Management
    Introduction to Day Care Management
    Interpersonal Relationships

    Semester 2
    Assessing Community Need and Establishing a Program
    Licensing and Regulations
    Organizational Management
    Fiscal Management
    Funding Models and Approaches
    Facilities Development
    Personnel Management

    Semester 3
    Family Engagement
    Supporting Quality Curriculum
    Managing Food Service
    Health and Safety
    Human Resources Management
    Evaluating Program Components
    Marketing and Public Relations

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

    Register for this course.

  • Course Descriptions


    2015/2016 Academic Year

    Semester 1
    Study Skills Strategies
    This course will enable students to assess their current study skills and plan for improvement. Students will practice time-management techniques for successful studying. Students will learn to develop powerful reading skills and practice memory techniques to enhance ability to learn and improve test performance. This course will also help students to develop specific study skills for mathematics and related subjects and implement an action plan to improve them.

    Computer Fundamentals
    Students will learn the basics of computer technology including an introduction to hardware components, system and application software. This course will enable students to manage files and folders, and customize Windows settings. In this course students will also have the opportunity to format simple business correspondence and memos.

    Communication Strategies
    This course will enable students to identify common communication problems and develop skills to ask questions. Students will learn what their non-verbal messages are saying and develop skills in listening actively and empathetically to others. Upon completion of this course students should have an enhanced ability to handle difficult situations and communicate assertively.

    Conflict Resolution
    In this course students will learn how to recognize how their own attitudes and actions impact others, effective techniques for dealing with difficult people, strategies for dealing with anger, and how to cope with the difficult people and situations that we will inevitably encounter in our everyday lives.

    Workplace Ergonomics
    Students will learn the basic principles of ergonomics, how to design an ergonomic workstation, outlines ergonomic practices for common postures and movements, and how to identify ergonomic hazards and minimize their effects.

    Event Management
    Students will learn to design, develop, co-ordinate and manage a broad range of events, sites and facilities. Students will gain transferable, practical knowledge and skills in management practices such as planning, design, marketing, volunteer management, sponsorship, catering management, budgeting, risk management, and event evaluation.

    Introduction to Day Care Management
    This course addresses the characteristics of an effective director, while demonstrating that each director brings a unique style of leadership and management. The importance of being familiar with child development, early childhood education, and business practices is emphasized. In this course the student is introduced to responsibilities that are included in the director’s role, with a discussion of expectations relative to curriculum.

    Semester 2
    Licensing and Certification
    This course examines the director’s responsibilities related to licensing of the center. Students learn to differentiate between licensing and accreditation. In this course are introduced to the various types and sources of credentialing for child care and education staff.

    Organizational Management
    Because many students begin with the idea that they will immediately open their own centers, this course explains the organizational options. Students may also become board members in the future and learn, after taking this course, of the serious responsibilities board members bear, particularly if they have fiduciary responsibility. The differences in the roles of board members and those of the director are also provided.

    Fiscal Management
    Because personal finances are often not well understood by people from a range of circumstances, this course takes a rather simplistic approach to budgeting, examining pared-down examples to clarify the director’s challenge in creating a balanced budget. Financial beginners are referred to basic forms. The director’s legal responsibilities relative to finance are highlighted and the need for a balanced budget to which the director adheres is emphasized.

    Funding Models and Approaches
    This course descries the challenges of funding a program, whether at start-up or in a continuing situation. While large groups of centers may experience economies of scale, individual centers often find sources of funding limited. Directors learn to seek out funds from a range of sources, basically putting together a package of the dollars needed to keep the center operating. Just as colleges and universities do not depend on tuition alone, so too must child care programs seek the funding needed to conduct a worthwhile program at a manageable tuition for families. Once directors are reasonably comfortable managing a center, they have responsibilities to the broader community as advocates for good-quality child care for all children.

    Facilities Development
    This course addresses the process and challenges of developing a facility. This course emphasizes the importance of the environment for children, staff, and families. Students will be made aware of the many requirements directors and boards must meet when they build or renovate a building. Considerations regarding relocating are addressed, and students are introduced to the professionals who may be involved in any center’s physical development.

    Equipment Management
    Most students will be familiar with the equipment in at least one classroom for young children. This course will enable students to recognize the wide range of equipment that is needed to start and maintain a center. Emphasis is placed on good-quality, developmentally appropriate materials, and supplies that will meet the needs and interests of all children enrolled in the program. This course also focuses on safety, multiple-use equipment, and durability. Students are introduced to the need for comparison shopping and encouraged to think beyond price to value. Storage and care of equipment are also addressed.

    Personnel Management
    This course will discuss ways to create a positive climate through modeling, community building, and communicating. This course will exmaine the major sections of a personnel policy and enable students to write a job description for each position in a child care center. This course will explore the interview and hiring process and enable students to develop an orientation process for new employees.

    Semester 3
    Family Engagement
    This course identifies how family needs can be addressed in early child care and education. Students will learn to use mandates from provincial laws to design policies and practices that support children and make informed decisions about grouping children in centers. Steps in the intake process are also discussed.

    Supporting Quality Curriculum
    This course will describe the role of the director as educational leader and curriculum mentor and explain the need for a comprehensive definition of curriculum. Students will learn to apply the principles of developmentally appropriate curriculum and explore practices that support intentional teaching. This course will identify the components of a developmentally appropriate assessment system and explain how to coach teachers to develop assessment practices.

    Nutrition, Health and Safety
    Students examine the interrelationship of nutrition, health and safety in relation to the well-being of adults and children. The importance within the role of the Early Childhood Educator in advocating for the overall health and safety of young children is investigated. Topics include: Illness Prevention and Management, Canada’s Food Guide and Nutrients and Day Nurseries Act safety regulations. Covering these topics allow students to critically explore the role of the educator in supporting healthy lifestyles.

    Human Relations
    This course will identify strategies for establishing reciprocal relationships with families and personnel. This course will review items to be included in a handbook for families and discuss contents and value of center newsletters. Students will examnine the process of recruiting and adding volunteers and becoming active in the community where services are provided.

    Human Resources Management
    This course will describe the process of scheduling and planning for staff meetings and professional development and discuss the elements of an effective staff development system. This course will enable students to identify the characteristics of teachers at all levels of the career lattice and plan professional development to meet their needs. Principles of supervision are also discussed.

    Evaluating Program Components
    This course will identify the purpose of evaluation and describe the director’s role in evaluation. This course will describe how the center, the staff, and the director may be evaluated. And explore several methods of assessing children’s progress. Students will also review criteria for selecting an assessment tool.

    Marketing and Public Relations
    This course will identify the connection between a strategic plan and marketing plan. Students will learn to use a SWOT Analysis Chart to develop a marketing plan and how marketing materials are best developed and distributed. This course will describe the components of a well-developed marketing tool kit and enable students to design effective marketing materials for a variety of marketing tools.

  • Fees & Expenses


    Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    • Application Fee: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $975.00
    • Postal Fee: $49.00
    • Tuition Fee: $3,825.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00