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Importance of active supervision

6 July 2021

Supervision of children is so important to children’s safety. All children being educated and cared for must be actively supervised all the time.

Adequate supervision is different for different age groups.

Young children should be in sight and/or sound of educators. Supervision should also take into consideration the children’s ages and individual needs.

For school-age children in OSHC, educators should balance the need for close supervision with the child’s growing need for privacy and autonomy. Consider developing supervision plans and/or risk assessments. This is particularly so where bathrooms or playgrounds are located away from the service, or during excursions.

In family day care, some children may be in different parts of the home, sleeping or playing outside. Family day care educators need to consider how they can adequately supervise all children in their environment.

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