'Each child must be designated a key person. Their role is the help to ensure that every child's care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child to become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents (EYFS, 2021)
At Footsteps we fully embrace the idea that a key person for each child helps that child to feel safe, secure & valued. At the start of your child's journey into nursery she/he will be assigned a key person. This key person can be changed if your child naturally gravitates towards another adult.
The key person will;
- Actively build positive relationships with clear lines of communication between the children & their family.
- Observe & plan for children's likes, interests & individual needs.
- The key person will meet the needs of each child and respond sensitively to their feelings, behaviour & ideas.
- Ensure that children's physical needs are met - Develop a secure & trusting relationship by learning key words in a child's first language or acknowledge their sounds & gestures.
- Update & share the child's progress folder with parents. Actively seek & value their written or verbal contribution.
- Support a child through transition periods when changing rooms or moving onto school.
- Develop trust to enable children's independence.
- Be a point of contact for the family if they have any concerns or complaints.
The key person will spend time with your child each week and use their knowledge of the child to plan next steps in learning. They will collate photos and on the spot observations along with half termly observations and yearly developmental reports in a secure online journal with Tapestry. You will receive regular photos. You will get an email alert when these are ready to view. You can also add to the process by uploading your own observations at home.
The nursery provides a number of occasions each year for you to speak both formally & informally to your child's key person a formal parent consultation day in the spring term & autumn terms, a parent's BBQ in the summer term and a Christmas party. You can view your child's online learning journal at anytime. You can also make an appointment at any time to discuss any aspect of nursery life. Just speak to the supervisor and they will put something in the diary.
Siblings will always, where possible, be given the same key person as they get to know the family so well. The key person is based in your child's room with other members of staff who also get to know your child well, so that staff holidays & staff sickness don't distress your child.
The key person is simply there to ensure your child is well cared for in a safe environment & is reaching their potential through observations & assessment.
Other policies that support this one are;
- Special Educational Needs (SEN)
- Equality of opportunity
- Parents as partners
- Play & learning
- Observation, assessment & planning
Key person boards are located around the nursery for you to view.