The Role of your child’s Key Person
The pre-schools aim is to offer the highest quality of experience for both children and adults in the group. Our high ratio of adults to children helps us to do this, but another important factor is the key person system, which ensures personal attention to the needs of each individual child and family.
A key person system can provide:
- Assistance with settling into the pre-school;
- Close monitoring of each child’s progress in all development areas;
- A personal contact between home and pre-school;
- Input into groups curriculum planning to ensure that each child’s needs are met, including any special needs.
- Individual knowledge of the group’s children, which enables the key person to make a valuable contribution to the group’s child protection system.
- Continuity of experience for the children during their time in pre-school;
- Opportunities to build up positive relationships with the parents in the group.
A key person does not:
- Shadow their children throughout the sessions;
- Liaise only with their own children;
- Prevent other adults from forming relationships with their key children.
Generally, a key person works most sessions that their children attend. In some cases it is not possible for them to be in all sessions. If you need to speak to your child’s key person and they are not there, you can leave a message for them to get in touch with you so that they know you need to speak to them. You can also speak to any other member of staff. Appointments can be made for a Friday afternoon if you wish to speak to your child’s key person in private. This also gives you the opportunity to view your child’s folder. Although each child has a key person, all members of staff build a relationship with the children and we would be happy to help in any way we can.