Barnardos. (2020). Supervision and Support in Early Learning and Care. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/197
The most important resource in an early learning and care setting is its educators. When educators are supported in their professional development as part of a trusting relationship with a supervisor, they will be able to perform their role well. Supervision and support in early learning and care offers educators a space to reflect on their practice, assess their own strengths, and review where they might need coaching and support from a supervisor to plan for future practice. This is fundamental to children receiving quality early learning and care. Regular supervision also provides a protective factor in ensuring that group settings are a safe place for children to spend time. The link between supervision and safeguarding practice is an important one that managers and providers need to ensure educators understand (Sturt & Wonnacott, 2016, p. 99). This publication, Support and Supervision in Early Learning and Care, gives guidance to settings on the development and implementation of a supervision structure to support the professional development of educators. It provides information on the benefits of supervision, the supervision process, the roles and responsibilities in supervision and some of the challenges that might arise. It also gives guidance to settings on developing the supervision policy. Effective supervision does not just happen. It requires commitment from all individuals working in a team, both management and staff. This publication is primarily aimed at anyone acting as a supervisor to early childhood educators. By fully understanding and appreciating the role of supervision in early learning and care, supervisors will be better able to provide support that that is balanced between listening and providing feedback. Supervisees may also be interested in the content of this book as it will give them an understanding of the importance of supervision and how it can support them in their role.
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