Last reviewed on 6 April 2022
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Early years providers must arrange supervision for staff who work with children. Find guidance from the EYFS framework on these arrangements, and see examples of supervision policies from other schools.

You must arrange supervision for staff who have contact with children and families 

Effective supervision provides support, coaching and training for early years staff and promotes the interests of your pupils. 

It should foster a culture of mutual support, teamwork and continuous improvement, which encourages the confidential discussion of sensitive issues. 

Your supervision arrangements should provide opportunities for staff to:

  • Discuss any issues, especially around safeguarding - particularly those concerning children’s development or wellbeing, including child protection concerns
  • Identify solutions to address issues as they arise
  • Receive coaching to improve their personal effectiveness

This is set out in paragraphs 3.22 and 3.23 of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework

Leicestershire County Council has a supervision toolkit to help you put this into practice. 

See examples of supervision policies from schools 

Cobham Primary School in Kent has an EYFS supervision policy which covers: 

Reedley Primary School