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Supervision in the Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage

Good supervision can give staff an opportunity to reflect on their practice, explore any worries or concerns about the welfare of children in the setting and contribute towards developing confident and competent staff groups. All of these are known to be important in establishing safe organisations where children are safeguarded from harm.

Supervision is a legal requirement – in the revised EYFS Statutory Framework (2014) supervision of staff becomes a 'must' rather than the 'should' as it was previously in EYFS (2012).

(Ofsted Evaluation Schedule 4) - The effectiveness of leadership and management of the early year's provision:-

When evaluating the quality of leadership and management, inspectors must consider the extent to which providers: have effective systems for supervision, performance management and the continuous professional development of staff which have a positive impact on teaching and children's learning and development.

Logged-in users can download below a toolkit to help managers and leaders with supervising staff and a supervision template which can be added to and amended to meet each setting's needs.


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Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
Last updated: 18 May 2016 by Barry Fong