The ‘Key Person’ Approach
At Truly Scrumptious Early Years Nursery, we believe that the Key Person Approach Is the most effective way of ensuring that the children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the nursery.
What is a key person?
To ensure every child in the nursery is given the appropriate level of attention and care, a key person is appointed for each child this will be determined by who the child bonds with the most on their settles/ first few sessions.
Your child’s key person will develop secure attachments with you child and strong, professional partnerships with yourself, the parents will support all aspects of nursery life, including settling in and transition times. 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 approach gives every child the reassurance to feel secure and cared for, helping them to become familiar with the nursery environment and to feel confident and safe within it.
The Key Person will offer security, reassurance, and continuity, and they will be usually be the ones to feed, change and soothe your child. If your child’s key person is on leave or absent, we have practitioners who regularly interact with the children to cover on a buddy system. The cover key person will know your child’s routine and take care of their needs.
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 nursery.
They will observe them in their play so that they can plan future opportunities and experiences to the best ability to meet their needs and interests.
The key person approach operates within routines that are flexible to the needs of the individual babies and young children. The key person changed nappies when the child needs it (or every 2-3 hours). Very young children need to become familiar with the voice and face of the person who changes, feeds and is there upon waking up from a nap.
Management of key persons
All staff working with children in the rooms (practitioners, room leaders, supervisors, possible apprentices) are required to assume key carer responsibilities. The room leaders, supported by the deputy managers and manager, will oversee the key person responsibilities of the staff in the rooms. The nursery manager will monitor the childrens records of development online on our app “Famly” under the EYFS to ensure they are regularly updated and to an appropriate standard.
The nursery is fully committed to continually evaluating its key person practice, managing changes and transitions as sensitively as possible.
Policy reviewed by Brittany V –30/11/2020