Introduction q Are You a Supervisor?
Are you aspiring to become a supervisor in early childhood education? Are
you the person everyone at work looks to for help and advice? Have you been
a supervisor forever? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this
book is for you. Leadership comes in many forms. Winning Ways for Early
Childhood Professionals: Being a Supervisor is written to help everyone in early
childhood education who guides adults and wants to be a more effective and
successful leader. And I bet that’s you!
q What Makes a Supervisor?
There are many factors that help a supervisor in any field. Good supervisors
Are approachable and accessible
Genuinely enjoy their work
Listen and communicate well
Respond quickly and appropriately to problems or concerns
Support their team and use individuals’ skills well
Set a positive approach to the team and inspire others
Have high standards and integrity
Many early childhood professionals who become supervisors find leading
other adults a whole new challenge from guiding and teaching children. But
here’s the good part: as are all early childhood educators, you are already in a
leadership role over the children in your care, and supervisors can use those
same skills and principles to guide and support their teams. Pretty cool!