Key person

A friendly atmosphere is created within our Nursery environments, based on warm and caring relationships between our nursery staff and the children in their care. Our nursery staff all act as role models within the setting, and recognise that children lead by example and are constantly learning through observation. Common courtesy, mutual respect and patience are demonstrated at all times throughout our setting. Your child is allocated a key person; the key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children and their families. Young children require consistency of care and attachments.

Research has shown that a key person approach is the most effective way of ensuring that children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the setting. The key person approach gives every child the reassurance to feel secure and cared for, helping them to become familiar with the Foundation Unit environment and to feel confident and safe within it.

We recognise every child’s individuality, efforts and achievements and believe that relationships between adults and children are crucial for the child’s happiness and security. The key person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour. The key person will offer security, reassurance and continuity, and they will usually be the one to feed, change and soothe your child. They are in the best position to understand your child’s individual needs and to share information with you about your child’s experiences in Foundation Unit. The key person will help each of their children to develop relationships with other members of staff and children. They will observe them in their play so that they can plan future opportunities and experiences that best meet their needs.