Key Person Policy
St Aidan's Day Nursery operates a key person system which underlines our commitment to providing consistent care and emotional support to each child as an individual throughout the day. Each child’s key person will be displayed outside their individual room.
The key person will be allocated before the child attends the setting and the parent will be informed and introduced to this person on their first day or before where possible.
Role of the key person
- Children are given a key person when they start nursery, they will be responsible for the child’s individual needs and development.
- The key person will aim to develop a genuine bond with children and their parents/carers and offer a settled close relationship.
- The key person will talk to parents to ensure the child is being cared for appropriately for each family.
- The key person is here to discuss with parents any concerns they have regarding their child’s development.
- A key person may be changed due to children/parents naturally being drawn to different member of staff to the one allocated
- The parent/carer must be informed if their child key person changes for any reason.
The benefits of a key person system;
For baby or child
The key person makes sure that within the day to day demands of a nursery each child feels special and individual cherished and thought about by someone in particular while they are away from home. The child will experience a close relationship which is affectionate and reliable in the nursery as well as at home.
The key person approach encourages parents/carers to build a personal relationship with “someone” rather than “all of them” in the nursery. The benefits are likely to be the building of a partnership with staff that leads to peace of mind.