If you’re thinking of working with pre-school children in a day centre or nursery, this course can help you increase your skills and give you a head start for working towards a managerial role. 


Pursue your Career in Child Care & Nursery Management

Child care is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for many people. This Nursery Management course has been designed to meet the needs of those wishing to pursue a career in Nursery or Pre-School Management. No prior knowledge is required!

About the Nursery Management Diploma

This combined course enables students to develop sound knowledge of management skills and practice within a nursery setting, as well as a thorough understanding of nutrition for young children.


  • Explore how to provide a healthy and enriching care environment for toddlers and young children.

  • Learn about the nature of children’s development and use this knowledge to develop a sound and
    well-informed approach to child care.

  • Ensure your knowledge of health and safety, as well as procedures for safeguarding young children
    in your care.

  • Study how to become an effective and skilful manager of a nursery environment

Part I provides an overview of the demographic and theoretical context within which child development programs operate. Part II focuses on 12 core competencies, derived from a review of currently literature in the field and aligned with NAEYC accreditation criteria, including: personal and professional self-awareness; organizational, fiscal, and personnel management; human relations; facilities management; health and safety; food service; educational programming; family support; marketing and public relations; assessment and evaluation.

Part I Introduction  1

Chapter 1 Managing Children’s Centers in the 21st Century
Chapter 2 Types of Child Development Programs
Chapter 3 Applying Theories in Managing a Child Development Center


Part II Core Competencies 

Chapter 4 Reflective Management: Personal and Professional Self-Awareness
Chapter 5 Organizational Management
Chapter 6 Fiscal Management
Chapter 7 Personnel Management
Chapter 8 Human Relations
Chapter 9 Facilities Management
Chapter 10 Managing Health and Safety Issues
Chapter 11 Managing Food Service
Chapter 12 Educational Programming
Chapter 13 Family Engagement
Chapter 14 Marketing and Public Relations
Chapter 15 Assessment and Evaluation

Course Key Topics

• The Management of Nursery Staff
• Safeguarding Children
• Health & Safety for Children & Staff
• The Curriculum & Assessment
• Creating a Positive Nursery environment
• Supported and Planning Self Directed Play



This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor. There is no external examination required

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