What is the key person approach?
Every individual child deserves to have a special relationship with someone within the nursery and the key person approach is one way of celebrating this. It is a reciprocal relationship between a member of staff, individual child and their family and provides the child with a sense of security so that they feel cherished, cared for and confident to explore their world whilst they are away from home.
What is the role of your key person?
Each child is appointed a Key Person who will meet with you during your first ‘settling in visit’. Our team have a breadth of knowledge and experience and are able to provide parents with advice and guidance and support any concerns with starting nursery or completing transitions such as moving on to school.
Creating an individual learning programme for your child requires input from the parent to ensure that the child’s interests at home is reflected in any plans. We ask for initial ‘All About Me’ information and operate a Home Note system to make it easy for you to keep us up to date with wow moments and interesting anecdotes.
Your child’s Key Person can help you and your child by:
• Helping your child settle in when they first arrive at Nursery – both during the settling sessions and on a day to day basis. They are on hand to discuss your child’s individual routines, their likes and dislikes and any other key information to ensure this is incorporated into the daily care of your child.
• Be a first point of contact for any questions you may have.
• Helping your child with their personal care, for instance feeding at meal times, changing nappies, going to the lavatory, washing hands, sleeping etc.
• Encouraging your child to develop independence skills, such as holding their own bottle, learning to drink from a cup, putting on their own shoes and coat, using the bathroom independently.
• Observing your child’s play and providing suitable, age appropriate resources and activities. Your child’s key person will plan activities and quality learning experiences for your child based on their individual needs.
• Keeping up-to-date records of your child’s learning (learning journal and work file) and sharing these with you during parent meetings.
What happens when the key person is absent?
To ensure consistent continuity of care for all children, each key person is paired with a ‘buddy’ who will take on the role of the key person during periods of absence such as holidays. Seahorse Nursery prides itself on providing a family environment which is intimate and personal so that the children and teachers all know each other and parents feel comfortable to share important information when their key person is not at nursery.
What is attachment?
John Bowlby defined attachment as “The building blocks of children’s development. Through a positive reciprocal relationship children learn to modulate affect, soothe themselves and to relate to others. Attachment is the base from which children explore…..their early attachment experiences form their concepts of Self, Others and the World.”