The Key Person
Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. This is normally provided by a child’s parents but it can also be provided by a key person. A key
person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set
out in the EYFS which is working successfully in settings. It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving
reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being. The key person supports physical needs too, helping with issues like nappy changing, toileting and
dressing. That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and one who builds relationships with the child and parents or
Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person, parents and the child. Small groups foster close bonds between the child and the key person
in a way that large groups cannot easily do. These groups allow the key person to better ‘tune into’ children’s play and their conversations to really get to know the children in the group well.
Children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result become more capable learners.
The key person is then resposible for gathering all evidence in supporting your child's learning journey. The evidence we gather is: Photographs, post it notes,
monthly observations and children's work. These all support us in tracking your child's development and giving them the best learning oppurtunities possible. We value our parents point of views
as well and we use our 'All about me' document to get an early starting point from our families. This is also a part of our learning journey documents.
Why Attachment Matters
What is attachment and why is it important for young children? Attachments are the emotional bonds that young children develop with parents and other carers such as
their key person. Children with strong early attachments cry less when separated. They engage in more pretend play and sustain attention for longer. Their sense of who they are is strong. Children
need to be safe in the relationship they have with parents or carers. They are vulnerable but will develop resilience when their physical and psychological well-being is protected by an adult. Being
emotionally attached to such an adult helps the child feel secure that the person they depend on is there for them. When children feel safe they are more inclined to try things out and be more
independent. They are confident to express their ideas and feelings and feel good about themselves. Attachment influences a child’s immediate all-round development and future