Children learn best when they are in safe, well-supervised environments. Head Start staff can reduce the possibility of a child getting hurt when they closely observe children and respond when needed. When programs think systematically about child supervision they create safe, positive learning environments for all children.
All Head Start educators are responsible for making sure that no child is left unsupervised. Active supervision is a strategy that works. It can be used in classrooms, family child care, playgrounds, and buses. It can also be shared with families as a tool to use at home. This fact sheet explains what active supervision is and how to use it in your program. Note: This resource is under review.
The needs of supervisors and home visitors were identified by six focus group sessions sponsored by the Home Visiting Forum, a national task group. Directors, human resource personnel, home visitors and supervisors will learn about the issues identified in the focus groups. This report highlights the importance of supportive management, training and professional development, structure and communication, and evaluation for home visitors and their supervisors.
During the first five years, children constantly acquire new skills and knowledge. Caregivers who know what children can do and how they can get hurt can protect them from injury.