Key Person Approach
Children and their parents arriving into the buzz of a new setting need to know that they are not on their own. They need an adult who can act as the personal ‘interpreter’ while they make sense of this new world.
At Tiny Tots, to ensure that children feel secure and have continuity of care we operate a ‘key person system’. This means that each new child is allocated a member of staff to help them become familiar with our setting so that they can feel confident and safe. They make sure that each child feels special and individually cherished and thought about by someone whilst they are away from home. The key person is responsible for their care; planning their day to meet and to respond sensitively to their needs, ideas and behaviour; and keeping their developmental records up to date.
Children feel a sense of belonging in a setting when their parents are also involved. Greeting their key children on arrival and handing them back at the end of the day ensures that our staff have individual and specific contact with parents. These opportunities for communication are vital to ensure that important information can
be passed between our setting and home, building a long term relationship and knowing and understanding each child.
The key person also supports their children when they move onto the next group within the Nursery ensuring that the transition runs smoothly which enables children to settle and begin to enjoy new experiences with ease.
Your baby/child’s key person will develop a close relationship which will help your baby/child to feel happy and secure, enabling them to be confident enough to explore and try out new things.
Children learn best when they are actively involved, keen to learn and are interested in finding things out for themselves. When they are actively involved in learning they gain a sense of satisfaction from their explorations and investigations. At Tiny Tots we acknowledge that every child’s learning journey is unique to them so all planning stems from children’s interests and is built around play activities which staff plan at a level that is appropriate for the children they are caring for.