Key person Approach
Every child deserves to be special to someone and the Keyperson Approach recognises this. The Keyperson Approach is one of the vital principals in the Early Years Foundation Stage and now a statutory requirement of the framework. It is a reciprocal relationship between a member of staff, individual child and their family. It provides the child with a sense of security so that they feel confident to explore their world and form further relationships.
A Keyperson should usually have 5 or 6 children who they are responsible for monitoring their development and learning in live with the 7 areas of development, during their time at the nursery. This is not to say that the Keyperson is the only person that the child will form a bond with or that they are sole carer for the child. Other staff members will also contribute to the child’s teaching and carry out spontaneous observations on all the children.
What is the role of the Key person?
The role of the Keyperson is to know their individual child and to support their sense of identity and individuality. They need to be aware of their individual child’s and family’s needs, preferences and development.
When a child first settles into the nursery, their interaction with various staff members will be monitored and the appropriate Keyperson allocated to that child.The Keyperson will then ensure that the child settles comfortably with the other children and is happy.
The Keyperson will usually be the person who welcomes the child and carer to the nursery and helps to settle the child into the session. Any information shared with the parents is also done mainly through the Keyperson. Each Keyperson has a ‘Feedback Book’ which they use to maintain an effective and transparent relationship with their Keychild’s parents. Any developments or exciting things that happen in the child’s day can be recorded in this book and shared with the parents. In addition, parents can also document their child’s activities over the weekend for their Keyperson to read.
What happens when the Key person is absent?
Each Keyperson is paired with a ‘Co-Keyperson’ who takes on the role of the Keyperson in their absence, with the support of the other staff. It is part of the Keyperson’s role to ensure that the Co-Keyperson and other staff members are aware of their Keychild’s needs.
We understand how difficult it is for you to leave your child with us for the first time. Our priority is to help you and your family feel welcome and relaxed.
The smooth transition from the secure environment at home can be traumatic, therefore we have a settling in procedure that all staff are familiar with and adhere to. Parents/carers are encouraged to make short but frequent visits with their child and join in the planned activities.
Leading up to the start date, short visits will be spent without their parents. Care is handed over to the child’s key worker who will remain with the child throughout the visiting session.
Settling in Procedure
Our settling period will be initially for a week period. However, we provide a tailored procedure for each child according to the child’s individual needs.
Before starting parents and the key-person will explain how we complete the child’s Learning Journey and we will fill up the “All about me” form.
Day 1: The child stays for a couple of hours in the room, parents will stay in the room or outside in the reception area during this time if the child is happily playing.
Day 2: The child will stay for a couple of hours, parents will stay in the room for a while and when is appropriate and the child is engaged with play, parents can step out the room and wait in the reception area.
Day 3: The child stays for lunch, parents will stay a few minutes with the child in the room and leave till they have to come to collect the child. Parents must be available to come to collect the child at any time in case they are called to come earlier if the child is too distressed.
Day 4: The child will sleep in nursery, parents will hand the child over to the key-person and leave. The child can be collected after sleep time. Parents must be available to come to collect the child at any time if the child is too distressed.
Day 5: The child will have tea with us. Parents will hand the child over to the key person in the morning and come back after tea time. Parents must be available to come to collect the child at any time if the child is too distressed.
At the end of this week the key-person and parents together will evaluate if the settling in period was been enough and successful. Otherwise we may consider to extend the settling in process.
Partnership with parents is one of the fundamental principles that make SHINING FUTURES a unique nursery. We operate an open door policy for parents.As the parent/ carers you are welcome to visit and discuss any aspect of your child’s progress at any time. Any concerns or questions you may have are greatly received.
All our policies and procedures for the nursery are available to view at any time.
Collection of children
You must come to the front door to bring and collect children and inform the nursery if someone else will be collecting your child on your behalf. A password and photograph must be given to the nursery otherwise we will not let your child leave the nursery. We are only trying to ensure the safety of your child whilst in our care.We do emphasise that children are collected before 6:00pm. Please ensure you collect your children promptly
We believe that all children are individuals, they have an equal right to be listened to and valued and are entitled to access nursery facilities. We ensure all children have the opportunity to reach to their full potential and ensure children and their families are treated fairly regardless race, sex, disability, age, religion or sexual orientation.
We eliminate racism here at Shining futures by welcoming ethnic minority contributions to the policies and practice of our nursery. We provide positive images of different ethnic minorities and cultures, e.g by the use of posters, toys, books, clothing, food and festivals.
Here at Shining futures, the safety of the children is paramount. All staff will notify the manager of any suspicious signs of child abuse. We will endeavour to follow necessary procedures.
Occasionally we may photograph the children whilst playing. These may be used in our promotional purposes. If you do not wish your child’s photograph to be used in this manner then please inform the nursery when registering.
Incidents and accidents
Children fall and bump frequently, whilst great care is always taken to prevent accidents, bumps cuts and grazes will still occur. All accidents/incidents are recorder in an accident book and parents and carers will be required to sign it once you are satisfied with the entry.
Comfortable and easily washed clothes are essential for the children. When possible avoid dressing the children in clothing that may obstruct them from being independent especially when using the toilet.Once you have registered your child, please provide the nursery with the following equipment:
- Nappies and wipes
- Sudo cream or alternative
- Spare change of clothes
- Sun cream in summer months
- Wellington Boots and indoor slippers
- Comforter if required
Please could parents ensure their child has been provided with adequate nappies and wipes on a weekly basis.Here at shining futures we are happy to help toilet train your child, please could parents let us know when they believe their child is ready for this.
If your child is potty training please could you supply us with a large number of pants and socks in addition to extra change of clothing.
Clothes that may become soiled will be placed in a disposable bag and stored on your child’s peg and taken home for washing.In addition children’s hands are washed after visiting the toilet.