Key Person Approach
Research has shown that a key person approach is the most effective way of ensuring children form and build relationships with a significant adult in the setting. At our nursery we have an established key person approach and this is threaded through our ethos, policies and procedures. Our approach gives children the reassurance to feel secure and cared for, helping them to become familiar with the nursery environment and to feel confident within it, developing at their best. . The importance of this Key-Person is significant to the ‘Settling-In process, which they support the child through to ensure they are happy at nursery. This Key-Person will be there for you to discuss any concerns with as well as to celebrate achievements and share stories with in relation to your child. Your key person will strive to be the best person to understand your child’s individual needs and to share information with you about their experiences here in the nursery. This ensures above all else that your child’s individuality, efforts and achievements leaves them feeling valued and respected for who they are and who they aspire to be.
All children will be assigned a key person on their first settling in visit ensuring you and your child have a point of contact and more importantly a familiar face from the beginning. It is their role to welcome you and inform you of how the room works, providing introductions to the room key team, and use the settle sessions to gain the important detailed information specific to your child. This key-person will plan, assess and evaluate your child’s learning and development alongside the curriculum, and will keep you informed about their progress.
The key person will form part of the key team responsible for the children within this age group. The role of the key team is to provide a consistent approach to the children’s care, and to have knowledge of all the children who attend in this age group. In addition they will take over your key person responsibilities in their absence for holidays etc. They will be familiar with your child as they will be working closely with your key person and your child on a daily basis. Where children are moving up to a new age group your key person will support you and your child during this period, slowly handing over responsibility to your new assigned key person and preparing them for the next age group.