Although all teachers look after all the children, every child at Little Miracles is allocated a key person. 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 their parents. This is particularly important for attachment.
- A key person helps the child to become familiar with the nursery and to feel confident and safe while they are here.
- A key person develops a genuine bond with children and offers a settled, close relationship.
- When children feel happy and secure in this way they are confident to explore and to try out new things.
- Even when children are older and can hold special people in mind for longer there is still a need for them to have a key person to depend on in the nursery.
The first time you will meet your child’s key person is when you first arrive at the nursery for your settling in sessions. The key person will spend time with you helping you to complete the nursery forms and asking you questions about your child and their development as well as your family. The more you tell your key person about your child, the quicker the key person can build a picture about who they look after and what they like. While you are away from the nursery your child’s key person will be there to support your child to get to know the nursery setting.
Activities, Observations and Progress Reviews
The key person will be working with your child every day, offering focussed activities to support them in their development. We will observe your child and monitor their engagement and interest during small group activities as well as during free play times. The key person is responsible for planning these activities and recording their observations. We meet with every family at the end of term, to discuss your child’s progress and give you ideas on how to help them at home as well.
The Learning Journal
We maintain a learning journal for every single child containing their initial paperwork completed during settling in, their assessments, progress reviews, planned activities as well as photographs of their time at Little Miracles. These are great keepsakes and the children will value them for years to come. They may also come in handy during appointments with specialists such as speech therapists. During their transition to school we will provide you with a report for their new teacher.