Role of a Key Person

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Child care practice

4.4 The role of the key person and settling-in

Policy statement

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, the staff and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, staffs 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 staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children's well-being and their role as active partners with the setting.

We aim to make the 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.

They key person role is set out in the Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each setting must offer a key person for each child.

The procedures set out a model for developing a key person approach that promotes effective and positive relationships for children who are in settings.

EYFS key themes and commitments

|A Unique Child |Positive Relationships |Enabling Environments |Learning and Development | |1.2 Inclusive practice |2.2 Parents as partners |3.2 Supporting every child |4.4 Personal, social and emotional | |1.3 Keeping safe |2.4 Key person |3.3 The learning environment |development | |1.4 Health and well-being | | | |


▪ We allocate a key person before the child...
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