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Has anyone got any whizzy ideas of how to implement the Key Person role. We are a large local Authority nursery attached to a school. We have 2-3 year olds. Two Nursery Nurses over see the care of the 2 year olds and a Teacher and 2 part time Nursery Nurses for the 3-4 year olds. Because there is a qualified teacher the keyworker groups can be quite high, up to 20! Also because the Nursery nurses are part time they have to share the role of Key person . The key person currently greets the parents, manages all toileting, leads family time and compiles the Learning Journey. All staff observe all the children. If the Key person is not in there is a dedicated "deputy" who is the "Buddy key person".

Just wanted to see if anyone has any other nice ideas.


Thank you in advance,



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From our policy

  • We allocate a key person before the child starts.
  • Where a home visit is carried out before the child starts, this is done by the manager and the key person.
  • The key person is responsible for the induction of the family and for settling the child into our setting.
  • The key person offers unconditional regard for the child and is non-judgemental.
  • The key person works with the parent to plan and deliver a personalised plan for the child’s well-being, care and leaning.
  • The key person acts as the key contact for the parents and has links with other carers involved with the child, such as a childminder, and co-ordinates the sharing of appropriate information about the child’s development with those carers.
  • The key person is responsible for developmental records and for sharing information on a regular basis with the child’s parents to keep those records up-to-date, reflecting the full picture of the child in our setting and at home.
  • The key person encourages positive relationships between children in her/his key group, spending time with them as a group each day.
  • We provide a back-up key person so the child and the parents have a key contact in the absence of the child’s key person.
  • We promote the role of the key person as the child’s primary carer in our setting, and as the basis for establishing relationships with other staff
  • The key person will plan activities to meet the child’s needs within the setting and will support parents to understand the child’s needs in order to enhance their development at home.
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