Administration and Management of an ECCE Centre: Supervision, Mentoring and Monitoring

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Supervision, Mentoring and Monitoring in Context of an ECCE Centre

  • All children have a right to equal access to learning so that their capabilities are fully developed. It is important that all staff recognize the capabilities of the children and seek advice and support whenever needed to help them reach their potential. Supervision, mentoring and monitoring are the important components for sustaining and improving the quality of services provided in an ECCE center.

  • The Head of the ECCE center has to perform the role of supervisor, mentor and monitor. S/he has to act as a friend, guide and supervisor of staff and be the role model as a mentor. He checks overall and individual progress, identifies the problems and advises on solutions as a monitor.


Supervision is essentially the practice of monitoring the performance of ECCE center staff, noting the merits and demerits and using suitable techniques to improve the shortcomings. It is an interaction between two or more persons with a combination or integration of processes, procedures and conditions.

Benefits of Supervision

  • Supervision provides opportunity for learning in case there are any gaps in the knowledge or skills of the service provider.

  • Supervision helps in understanding ground realities and challenges, and a good supervisor can suggest or provide means to overcome the problems.

  • Supervision motivates the ECCE teacher to perform well.

  • Supervision helps in building the team.

  • Supervision also helps in making the teacher aware of new guidelines and notices.

  • Supervision helps the teacher relate better to the community.

  • The purpose or reasons for supervision are:

  • Checking on the availability of teaching-learning materials.

  • Advising on the appropriateness of the teaching-learning materials in use.

  • Advising on the school environment.

  • Promoting curriculum change and innovation.

  • Providing feedback on teacher performance.

  • Identifying needs for staff development.

  • Conducting quality assurance checks.

  • Ensuring teacher motivation and morale; and

  • Providing professional support and guidance to the teacher.


Monitoring Programme

Monitoring Programme

Monitoring is very important in planning and implementation. Monitoring is the continuous review of programme implementation to identify and solve problems so that activities can be implemented correctly and effectively. It involves regular collection and analysis of information/ data on aspects of the programmes activities.

Monitoring provides useful information for:

  • Analyzing the programme.

  • Determining whether the inputs are well utilised.

  • Identifying problems faced and finding solutions.

  • Ensuring all activities are carried out properly and in time.

A critical factor in high quality ECCE settings is ongoing supervision and monitoring the success of the programme.


Very often supervision and mentoring are used synonymously, but they are different. The role of a mentor in an ECCE center is to encourage exploration of ideas, provide appropriate and timely assistance to children in identifying and solving problems. The teacher or caregiver who acts as a mentor helps children to broaden their perspective, always seek and give, and be receptive to feedback.

The following are the functions of the mentor:

  • Helps the mentee about a specific issue.

  • Coaches the mentee on a particular skill.

  • Facilitates the mentee’s growth by sharing resources and networks.

  • Challenges the mentee to move beyond his or her comfort zone.

  • Creates a safe learning environment for taking risks; and

  • Focuses on the mentee’s total development.

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