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The key person approach at Clare House

If children have not been attending our nursery parents are encouraged to visit with them several times before their start date so that they feel comfortable and get to know their key person – this makes it easier for them when you leave them for the first time. Each key person is responsible for a small number of children of mixed ages within the group and will monitor their individual progress and record this in their assessment records. The children sit together in their key families during lunch time.

Your child’s key person will be there in order to support your child and help them cope with the initial separation from you. Your child may need some encouragement and support to settle into nursery depending on the child, you and the key person can discuss a timetable for a more gradual introduction to Nursery for your child. For more details please see our ‘Settling in’ Procedure.

‘A key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with parents.’
(Tassoni, 2008)

The Early Years Foundation Stage

All children deserve the best possible start in life and the support to help them fulfil their potential.

Experiences in the their early years have a major impact on their future so a safe, secure and happy childhood is important and provides the foundation stones for their future. When parents use a childcare setting they want to know that it will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance.

The aim is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being.

  • It sets the standards for the learning, development and care of young children when
    they are attending a setting outside their family home, and ensures that every child
    makes progress and does not get left behind.
  • It proves equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice which ensures that
    every child is included regardless of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language,
    family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability.
  • It creates a working partnership between parents, professionals, and all the settings
    that the child attends.  
  • By creating a universal set of standards which apply to all settings, it aims to
    end the distinction between care and learning and provide a consistency for inspection
    and regulation throughout the early year’s sector.
  • Use ongoing observational assessments to plan for the individual needs and interests
    of each child which will lay a secure foundation for future learning.

The Principles

A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

(The Early Years Foundation Stage – Practice Guidance)

Assessments and Record Keeping

A record will be kept on your child, their experiences and the new skills and abilities they acquire. This will follow your child from when they start right through until they leave to go to school.

Your child’s assessment records are available for you to see at any time (by appointment with their room supervisor). Our parent’s evenings provide a more formal time to discuss your child’s progress – you will be informed when these are to be held.

You may discuss any concerns or anxieties you may have over your child and/or their progress with the settings manager or deputy in the strictest of confidence.

Early Years/Additional Needs- We have a team of highly supportive early year’s professionals that work with us in order to enhance the educational experiences of your children.