The EYFS Statutory Requirements define a Key Person as

‘A named member of staff assigned to an individual child to support their learning and development and act as a key point of contact with that child’s parents.’

 

How we view the Role of the Key Person 

To be a special person that offers individual care. This means planning ahead for children’s experiences at nursery. A key Person works with a number of children, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents.
Every Key Person has a colleague to act as a buddy to support the child when the Key Person is not there. A Key Person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour. They communicate with their buddy and others in the co-caring group to ensure essential information is passed on and plans are followed even in their absence. A Key Person should establish a significant relationship by tuning into the child’s interests and needs. Only then will they be equipped to support their learning and development effectively.

Observation and Assessment and Planning
The Key Person records the child’s learning and development story (Learning Journey) and will ensure that a child’s developmental needs are met. The Next Steps for children are at the heart of all activities and continuous provision. These should meet individual needs and promote inclusion for every child.
They should focus on progress reports, observations and focussed key group times specially planned around individual children.

Key Person Supervision
Each Key Person receives supervision specifically relating to this special role. It is a complex and demanding but incredibly rewarding role and all Key Persons will need regular 1:1 time to discuss with a manager how the relationships and planning is going.  Key Persons are expected to be reading professional journals and literature regularly as part of deepening their understanding of the role. Key Persons continue to learn about child development and the understanding of other’s needs.

Partnership with Parents
Where possible Key Persons make time to share and celebrate the uniqueness of each child with parents through beginning and end of day chats and will make time available should parents want to ask questions. The Key Person should provide some continuity between home and nursery. A Key Person supports and respects parents as the child’s primary carer.

Transitions
The Key Person supports child transitions within and beyond the setting.

The Qualities of a Key Person

Trusted
Reassuring
Available
Supportive
Consistent
Empathetic
Respectful
Caring
Reflective
Responsive