KEY PERSONS AT LITTLE EXPLORERS FOREST SCHOOL NURSERY
Stacey Trigg-Dudley - Childcare Manager
Olivia Marshall - Childcare Supervisor
Janine Pettit - Childcare Practitioner
Key Persons are part of our duty of care set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (2021):-
3.27. 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 (in accordance with paragraph 1.10), to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.
1.10. Each child must be assigned a key person. Providers must inform parents and/or carers of the name of the key person, and explain their role, when a child starts attending a setting. The key person must help ensure that every child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs. The key person must seek to engage and support parents and/or carers in guiding their child’s development at home. They should also help families engage with more specialist support if appropriate.
Every child and family at Little Explorers Forest School Nursery are given a Key Person to support all your child’s and families, needs around education and well-being. We also have a co-worker key person to cover each member of staff in the event they are not in setting.
We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well, and who can meet their individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, team members and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, our team members are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in.
We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with our team members. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well-being and their role as active partners with our setting. We aim to make our setting a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.