50-Child care services managers

Job Title: 

Child care services managers

Job Description: 

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic and non-academic activities of preschool and childcare centres or programs, as well may operate/manage the centre.


Child care service managers plan, direct, and coordinate and evaluate the provision of care for children in before-school, after-school, vacation and day care centres and services. They may also include successfully operating a preschool on one site or multiple sites. Also, they may be required to hire, train, manage and oversee the preschool staff, budget and building program and servicing to ensure quality early childhood education.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • developing and implementing programs to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children
  • establishing and monitoring budgets and determining allocation of funds for staff, supplies, materials, equipment and maintenance
  • overseeing and coordinating the provision care for children in before-school, after-school, day, and vacation care centres
  • directing and supervising child carers in providing care and supervision for young children
  • managing physical facilities and making sure all buildings and equipment are maintained to ensure the centre is a safe area for children, staff and visitors
  • reviewing and interpreting government codes, and developing procedures to meet codes (e;g;, concerning safety and security) monitoring children?s progress and conferring with parents or guardians
  • preparing and maintaining records and accounts for a child care centre
  • recruiting and evaluating staff and coordinating their professional development

Advanced specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Advanced knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Higher knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Higher knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively recognizing and responding to the management of highly complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Higher skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate recommendations and/or relevant alternatives
  • Manage advanced relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Advanced skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop abstract concepts and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience
  • Higher negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex unpredictable and/or abstract problems
  • Communicate with influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed advanced oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well recognize and implement ethical standards to highly complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed higher organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Childcare work may be undertaken in childcare centres, home, or the homes of the children in their care. Hours range from full time to part-time work and may include irregular hours.


    Advanced Diploma/Higher Diploma in preschool or child care services, or relevant field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 - 6 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, Family Development Foundation

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles: Child care centre manager
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Child development improvers - Child behaviour talent - Child psychologists - Preschool director - Preschool administrator - Preschool director - Preschool site coordinator - Executive director - Child care director - Childcare director - Early head start director - Education coordinator - Education director

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Community, health and social services
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi