Role of the key person

For babies and young children to be cared for and be special to a particular person (or persons) within the nursery is important for their physical, social and emotional health and well being. It underpins and determines their behaviour within the nursery setting.

The key person builds a good relationship and encourages the sharing of information between home and nursery. They are available to discuss the child's day with parents and give or receive any information that either party feels is of interest or relevance.

The key person welcomes children and families and shares information about the child’s day to reassure the parent and child, and acknowledge the feelings of separation and reunion. They also organise activities with their group of children and try where possible to enjoy meal and sleep times together.

The key person ensures each child's development folder is kept updated and readily available to the parents and is themselves available to parents to discuss and show the child's development folder. The key person also acknowledges and respects any religious beliefs, special dietary requirements and general family information, logging information on relevant forms and incorporating these into planning.

Read more about Kinderworld activities:

Daily routines
Early years long term plan

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