Effective Supervision in Early Years

In September 2012 it became a legal requirement that start within daycare settings receive ‘Supervision’, but what is supervision? In this course, aimed at room leaders and managers, learners will be introduced to the concept of supervision and its important role within a well-managed setting, particularly in terms of safeguarding. Learners will also be introduced to some basic points of good practice with regard to implementing supervision processes in their own setting. This short course has been written by childcare consultant Laura Henry and is intended to be used as ongoing CPD for existing managers, or as a part of a suite of leadership and management courses for introducing team-leader-level staff to new aspects of managerial practice.

Learning outcomes:

Learners will understand what is meant by ‘supervision’.

Learners will recognise the importance of supervision within a daycare setting.

Learners will gain an understanding of the basic principles of supervision for application in their own setting.

Advantages of this course

Supervision plays an important part in developing staff’s personal and professional development, as well as making sure that a setting consistently improves. This course outlines the benefits of supervision and the opportunities supervision presents, such as a chance to share concerns in a safe space. As stated by the Early Years Foundation Stage, effective supervision provides ‘support, coaching, and training for the practitioner’. In the reading section of this course, these terms are clarified and the different forms they can take in a professional setting are detailed. In regards to ‘effective’ supervision, the presentation included in this course explains how to implement an effective process, aimed at supervisors.

Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning. There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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