Our key person system follows the principles laid down in the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. These are:
"A key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and for building relationships with their parents. A key person will help the baby or child to become familiar with the setting and feel confident and safe within it. Through talking to parents they will make sure that the needs of the child are being met appropriately and that records of development and progress are shared with parents and other professionals as necessary." (DfES publications 2007)
This is achieved through liaison with the SENCO, the manager, communication with parents and by ensuring planned activities offer appropriate support or extension.
Each child will be allocated an adult who will act, as a key person, responsible for taking care of the children's physical and emotional needs, as well as for keeping observations of their development. The key person will build a rapport with the parent and child ensuring that the transition from home to nursery is smooth.
As some staff work different shifts, children may have care shared between two nursery practitioners.
Although all adults work with all children within each room, the key person will know most information about your child's daily activities. If the key person is absent, another staff member will act as the key person for that period of time.
The nursery holds regular open days, giving you and your child's key person an opportunity to chat at length about your child's progress. Your child's file is available to read in their room.
Please feel free to discuss with staff, so that additional, relevant information may be included in your child's file.