The role of the key person and settling-in

Policy statement

We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well, and who can meet their individual needs.

Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, the staff and the pre-school by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, staff are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in.

We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well-being and their role as active partners with the setting.

We aim to make the setting a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.

The key person role is set out in the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage which says that we must assign a key person for each child.

These procedures set out a model for developing a key person approach that promotes effective and positive relationships for children who are in settings.

Procedures

Settling-in

The progress check at age two

Further Information

Changes


Newstead Road Pre-School, 6 Birch Grove, Lee, London, SE12 0SU.
Telephone: 020 8857 9500