Thing 15: What is supervision and why do we do it?


In Thing 15, you will explore how effective leadership can support you to experience high quality supervision.

Open Badge information

Open Badge: SSSC 23 Things Leadership – Thing 15: What is supervision and why do we do it?

You may find it helpful to complete Things 1-4 before starting Thing 15


Supervision has a vital role to play in supporting and developing all early years and childcare workers and services.

Using the SSSC Supervision Learning Resource will help you to build on your knowledge and skills about supervision and help you consider how to develop your practice.

Knowing more about the purpose of supervision and its importance for your practice can help you with your responsibilities as either a supervisor or supervisee.


1. Download, read and work through sections two and three in the SSSC Supervision Learning Resource.

2. Write at least 200 words to:

  • Tell us about three things you have learned from these sections about supervision and why it is important to you and your work.
  • Tell us how you would prepare for supervision as a result of your learning.

You can provide the statement on the Open Badge application form or provide a link to your own *blog/portfolio. You may find it helpful to look at Recording Your Learning and Reflecting on Leadership.

*If you want to use a blog or ePortfolio entry as evidence, you might find our guide to preparing and publishing your evidence useful.

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