According to the essay "Early Childhood Education Management" foundings, it is clear, that sometimes there is created a conflict between a director and a teacher, or between teachers, and the director may be dissatisfied by the skills which the teacher demonstrates. Here we speak about Helen McNaulty, the manager for activity nursery. She used to have about 30 children in her group, but her colleagues were not satisfied by her dictating management style, though she has always been known as the lover of children. This case is an example when the two different educational paradigms come into conflict. The staffs, by which Helen is surrounded, have the same educational base and they are not in the position to demand any change or developing Helen’s skills. So, how this question may be solved? There should be implemented open communication, in which teachers together with director will share their value systems, and find anything in common. The main issues of management and leadership in early childhood education are paradigms, about which I have just spoken, the action which is caused by a certain paradigm, and the environment. The environment is made up by the staff, the parents, the senior management of an early childcare establishment, and it is often that environment causes the main behavior lines of childhood managers. It is necessary to mention that the information discussed above is really useful for nursery managers if they want to be professionals and to be aware of all aspects of the work, including managing the establishment.
Nursery manager has to know everything about early childhood education and development, not only managing issues. It is necessary to say that real professional is broad-minded.
Case study methodology
The main purpose of the present case study is to find the possible solutions to the problem of Helen. She is known for her dictative manner of behaviour, though she is a great lover of children. In order to find the ways out, we shall try to apply theoretical knowledge from the area of management and leadership. This case study will be a descriptive one, for first of all we will describe the situation, and then look for possible means of changing it, resulting from the theoretical material which