Our Key Person Approach
At Charlton Nursery and Preschool we adopt the Key Person Approach (Elfer, Goldschmeid and Selleck, 2012)* Your child's Key Person is a member of our team who is responsible for supporting your child to settle into our nursery and will plan, track and extend your child's learning and development. All of our team build up long standing emotional connections with the families they care for and we strive for all our staff to have open and honest relationships with our parents to share as much information as possible.
We recognise how important it is for children to build up strong and secure relationships with their Key Person who can act as a secondary caregiver in order to meet all of the child’s needs. Children’s well-being is our first priority and we strongly advocate that if children are settled and have all of their social and emotional needs met, they will go on to explore more freely and confidently within the nursery environment. Research also shows that children who have formed strong attachments are more likely to be resilient and are more confident in expressing their thoughts, ideas and feelings as well as positively influencing their holistic development and future relationships (Early Years Matters, 2020)
We strive to instil the Key Person bond from our initial settling in sessions where you have the opportunity to share any information with your child’s Key Person. The Key Person is someone for the whole family as well as the individual child. Whilst we promote the Key Person approach, we are confident all our staff know every child equally well and children become comfortable and familiar with all our team. Consequently, in the absence of your Key Person (annual leave or sickness), we operate a ‘buddy’ system to enable someone else within your child’s classroom to adopt that key role temporarily.
If you would like further information or would like to speak to your child's Key Person, please contact your nursery manager here.
*Elfer, P., Goldschmeid, E. and Selleck, D (2012) Key Persons in the early years: Building relationships for quality provision in early years settings and primary schools. 2nd edn. London. Routledge.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (2021)
‘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 familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.’