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How to Use Work Group Supervision to Improve Early Years Practice

1st Edition

By Stella Louis


150 pages

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Paperback: 9780367184612
pub: 2020-02-15
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How to Use Work Group Supervision to Improve Early Years Practice presents a new model for supervision as a collaborative process, and explores how this process can benefit practitioners at all stages in their career to reflect on and improve their own practice. Supported by detailed case studies which contextualise Work Group Supervision, Louis offers practical support which will help practitioners develop their knowledge and skills, and to work together to develop a shared understanding and more successful practice.

Louis covers a range of insightful topics to help practitioners utilise the Work Group Supervision method to improve their practice, including:

  • What Work Group Supervision is and how it can help practitioners
  • How to develop self-understanding and professional practice
  • Theories on child observation, and using observation to tune into children
  • The importance of respectful interactions as a leader and among peers

How to Use Work Group Supervision to Improve Early Years Practice is ideal for Early Years practitioners and teachers, managers of Early Years settings and students on courses for leadership in Early Childhood settings.


"This book is a tour de force. Not only does it include major literature which illuminates the subject in accessible ways, but it demonstrates powerfully key aspects important for developing practice. The author is a respected Froebelian practitioner/trainer. Bringing together in a integrated way the theoretical and the practitioner perspectives so that there is impact for children’s lives is rarely achieved. This book is to be valued for this reason." - Tina Bruce CBE, Honorary Professor, University of Roehampton

"This is a key text which underlines the complexity of the roles of the Early Years educator. It addresses the need of group supervision for Early Years educators and how Work Group supervision can help develop professional practice. The hidden challenges of observing children alongside the notion of children's play is examined with useful and practical examples. The application of amongst others: Froebel, Vygotsky, Piaget and Freud to Early Years education gives this work theoretical depth. A must read book for undergraduate, postgraduate students and professional practitioners working and interested in both Education and Early Childhood Studies." - Dr. Richard Race, Senior Lecturer in Education, Roehampton University, UK

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Who is an Early Years educator?

Chapter 2: What is supervision?

Chapter 3: Bringing observational practice into focus using Work Group Supervision

Chapter 4: Group consultation approaches to Work Group Supervision

Chapter 5: Impact on Early Years educators’ pedagogical skills

Chapter 6: Developing self-understanding

Chapter 7: Using observation to tune into children – and its challenges

Chapter 8: Schemas – the key to patterns of behaviour

Chapter 9: Respectful interactions are everything

Chapter 10: Developing professional practice through Work Group Supervision

Chapter 11: Implementing Work Group Supervision

Chapter 12: What do we see when children play?

Chapter 13: Parental partnerships matters

Chapter 14: Theories on child observations

About the Author

Stella Louis is an Early Years Consultant and Author, UK.

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