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Key person approach


You will often hear the phrase “Key Person” in the nursery. Whilst children are looked after in groups it is important that we meet the individual needs of your child and ensure your child has the opportunity to bond with a “Special Person” at the nursery. It is also important that you also have a specific person whom you get to know and are comfortable sharing information with.

Each child is assigned a Key Person at the settling in stage. It is their role to share information with you about your child and to ensure your child’s individual needs are met.  They observe your child in order to be able to plan for your child's learning and development and to make assessments on their progress.

To allow for holidays and shift patterns we have implemented a secondary key person system which allows someone to be nominated to take on this role in the absence of the first Key Person. If you are not aware of who your child’s Key Person is please ask the Room Supervisor in your child’s base room or look for the Key Person information on the room's parent notice board. You will also be informed at this point who your child’s secondary key person is.

Can I choose my child’s Key Person?

It is important that Key Person duties are spread amongst the team in each room, however we are happy for you to speak to the Room Supervisor if you have a particular request regarding who your child's Key Person will be. In addition, during your child’s first visits if they show a particular attachment to a member of staff then they can be allocated as the Key Person.