Supervision meetings are to provide support, coaching and training for the practitioner. Supervision should foster a culture of mutual support, teamwork and continuous improvement which encourages learning and development for the early years workforce.

A key element to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2012 is that "providers must put appropriate arrangements in place for the supervision of staff who have contact with children and families.... Supervision should provide opportunities for staff to:

  • discuss any issues - particularly concerning children's development or well-being;
  • identify solutions to address issues as they arise; and
  • receive coaching to improve their personal effectiveness"

Providing early years practitioners with quality supervisions is essential to meet legislative requirements, but also in enabling quality and improvement of practice. High quality supervision is also vital in the supporting and developing practitioners, playing a crucial role in the development and retention of the early years workforce.

Effective supervision can encourage early years practitioners to reflect on their own performance, identify their own learning and development needs and or identify opportunities to address those needs.

Recording of Supervision Meetings

It is important that all supervision meeting discussions are accurately and promptly recorded and both parties should be given the opportunity to sign the form. This enables agreed actions and timescales to be reviewed before and during the next meeting. Copies of the record should be available to both colleagues involved.

What should be recorded?

It is important that key elements of information shared and agreed actions are recorded with clear timescales and identification of a named person responsible for those actions.

If timescales or training needs cause points of disagreement it should also be ensured that this is recorded.

Meeting notes and actions can either be recorded during the meeting or afterwards within an agreed timeframe. The completed form should be filed in the staff member's personnel file and treated as confidential.