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Hi

Just wondered how the children refer to their 'key worker' in your setting, how they identify to others who it is...if they were asked by an OFSTED inpsector for example!

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Tracy

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Hi Tracy and welcome to the forum.

 

We use first names for the children and the staff. Hope that helps,

Spiral

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Hi,

 

we also use first names for staff.

 

We have a 'themed' key person system, using 3 colours and the children sit at their coloured table at snack with their Key person and have the same coloured plate.

 

We're also going to start having key person 'registrations' too. But we're a small group and I don't think the children particularly acknowledge who their key person is, but they know what colour plate to have at snack time!

 

HOpe that helps.

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In our setting all had equal time with the children and we encouraged them to have good relationship with all adults, if key person was away it did not them worry them.

 

Also we found person the liked at the time would become adopted by child and this may change each week. depending on their mood, so while parents knew who to talk to, children would not find it obvious. so asking the child the answer would be the person of the day/week/month they were relating to at the time.

 

Inge

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This is very interesting! Ties in with some things I'm doing with the children as an ongoing process, researching, recording, discussing likes/dislikes etc - keep them coming!!

 

In our setting the Pre-school children would probably not respond to the term 'keyperson', as (like others) we all care equally, but they can identify 'special friends' (which tends to be a term we use for Room staff). In Toddlers and Babies the Keyperson takes responsibility for all the intimate care, so it might be easier for those children - if they are talking!!

 

Probably no help at all!

 

Sue

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hi we are a church school and our key workers are called 'guardian angels' and when the children first start school we see who they naturally warm to and then do activities just like the snack thing mentioned, each childs guardian angel is also in daily contact with their parents so the children see that relationship growing which does impact them. the children and their GA also create their profile together deciding. x

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We have split the 39 places in our nursery into three key person groups.

13 children per session for each member of staff- butterfly group, catepillar group and ladybird group.

The children refer to their group name but also know who their group leader is.

We generally work as a whole but split into our key person groups for circle time/story time etc.

The key person is responsible for the upkeep of their children's books and observations.

Only the parents refer to the 'key person' title.

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