Key Person Policy
Key Person Policy
We believe that it is important to encourage our parents/carers to get involved with their child’s nursery life as much as possible. We feel we have a good level of communication with all of our parents/carers and the Key Person system enhances this. The key person system plays a vital part in the Social and Emotional development of the child and giving reassurance and working with parents to build a close relationship. We feel that it helps the parent/carer to find out or share information in a confidential and sensitive manner.
A key person is defined in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 Practice guidance as
“Each child must be assigned a key person. Their role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs to help the child become more familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.”
During the induction process at YMCA Beacon Nursery each child is assigned a key person and this member of staff is responsible for the child’s all round development and care whilst at nursery
Wherever possible we will encourage the child to choose their own key person.
The key person system is constantly being revised to ensure that the best practice and the highest standards are being achieved.
The key person will develop a strong bond with you and your child, allowing you to feel happy and confident when leaving your child at nursery.
The key person will hold a parent’s/carer’s evening each term to inform, share and reflect on the child’s development.
By adopting the key person approach we aim to ensure that:
- Parents/carers are given a suitable range of information about the running of the setting and have the opportunity to share information about their own children in an appropriate way.
- Parents/ carers and their children assisted in settling into nursery
- Parents/ carers and their children feeling safe, secure and respected
- Effective relationships and communication are built between the nursery and parents/carers
- Parents/ carers can confidentiality raise any issues, concerns or questions they may have
- A continuity of care and emotional support is provided by the key person for the children on a daily basis
- Individual needs of all children are identified and assessed. Suitable steps are then planned to meet these
Whilst we make every effort to ensure that the Key person is available for parent/carers to speak to – We remind parents/carers to be mindful of shift patterns that are in place. In the event of the Key person being unavailable, another member of staff from your child’s group will liaise with you and pass on relevant information also known as child’s secondary key person.
Role of the key person
During induction staff will bond with parents and child and find out as much information as possible to enable child to settle into nursery. The key person will be responsible to record this information on designated sheets of the “All About Me”. The key person will explain their role within the team and introduce the family to nursery staff and help discuss our policies and procedures, each parent will be signposted to where our policies are kept and given an opportunity to have their own copy.
Once child has begun nursery the key person is responsible for:
- Ensuring the family is welcomed into the nursery
- Providing daily verbal and/or written feedback
- Supporting child’s overall development
- Recording observations and planning activities to challenge development
- Discussing development file with parents
- Working alongside parents and other agencies
- Will hold parent/carer meetings each term.
In the event of the key person not being available the child’ back up key person will implement all of the above.