Early Years Childcare Research
Using Appraisals in Early Years Settings
Using appraisals in early years settings, specifically a clearly structured and well-run appraisals system, is a great tool for improving your setting. Not only will it help you to support and develop your staff and track how well they are working towards the targets you set together, but it will also help you evaluate what your setting does well and plan for future improvements. At our setting we have developed our appraisal system over several years, reflecting on what works well and tweaking our approach until everyone is happy with it. Staff, as well as leaders, have had an input into how the system works, to help us gain ‘buy-in’ to the system, and to ensure that it is genuinely supportive and helpful for everyone.