The key person- ‘A special person for every child’

You will often hear the phrase “Key Person” in the nursery. Research has shown that a Key Person approach is the most effective way of ensuring that children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the nursery. The Key Person approach gives every child the reassurance to feel secure and cared for, helping them to become familiar with the nursery environment and to feel confident and safe within it.

At Little Rascals we recognise every child’s individuality, efforts and achievements and believe that relationships between adults and children are crucial for the child’s happiness and security. Our nursery operates a ‘Buddy’ scheme whereby each Key person has a Buddy who takes on the role of the Key person in their absence. The Buddy scheme ensures there is another member of staff who knows your child equally well and is able to ensure continuity of care.

The key person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, interests and needs. A key person will also:

  • Offer security, reassurance and continuity, and they will usually be the one to feed, support with toileting/change nappy, soothe the child if they feel unwell or sad, as they will have formed a close bond.
  • Help each of their key children to develop relationships with other members of staff and children.
  • Support their key child when they are ready to move into the next room, for instance from the baby to toddler room, their key person will be there to help them and the parents to develop a relationship with, and confidence in, their new key person.
  • Observe their ‘key’ children during the day in order to be able to plan future opportunities and experiences that best meet their needs and interests.

Observation, Planning and Assessment

Observations are evaluated by the key person, this allows for every child’s individual development to be monitored and their progress recorded. Our planning cycle starts with observing children at play to understand their current interests, learning and development. We share this information with you and ask for your input about the things your child likes to do at home. This along with the information we have gathered is used to help us plan appropriate activities which will form the ‘next steps’ in your child’s learning and development. 

Tapestry (Online Learning Journal)

All of the nursery children have a personal learning journal which records photograph’s of them playing and observations in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). The journal builds a record of your child’s experiences and achievements during their time with us. We use an online system called Tapestry, which is hosted in the UK on secure servers. Tapestry allows you to view your child’s observations and photographs taken at nursery almost as they happen. Your child’s learning will be linked to the area’s of the EYFS. This will keep you informed of the areas of learning in which your child is achieving.

Tapestry allow you to add observations and photographs of your own. We love to hear news from home and to share this with your child at nursery.

Your child will also receive a learning journal folder, which is kept at nursery. You are able to look at this anytime you wish.

The children enjoy looking at their file and are given the option of helping us to update them. So you may sometimes see observations or photographs stuck in upside down!