Role of the Key Worker
The Role of the Key Worker.
Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships.
A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for.
It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being. The key person supports physical needs too, helping with issues like nappy changing, toileting and dressing. That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and one who builds relationships with the child and parents or carers.
Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person, class teacher, parents and the child. Small group activities foster close bonds between the child and the key person in a way that large groups cannot easily do. These groups allow the key person to better ‘tune into’ children’s play and their conversations to really get to know the children in the group well. Our children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result become more capable learners.
The class teacher has the overall responsibility of the class but works closely with your child’s key worker to plan ways forward and next steps.
Key workers will create lots of special times for your child and will celebrate their achievements with you by sending home a 'Proud Cloud' with an explanation of achievement.
Parents can also return 'WOW Moment' certificates to their key worker to share with their teacher. These link to the characteristics of effective learning.