At Childsplay Day Nursery we follow the Key Person approach. Each child who attends Childsplay is allocated a Key Person; this member of staff will ensure good relationships between the child and their parent(s). Throughout their time at Childsplay observation on individual children will be undertaken by the key person which will go towards their personalised plan and learning journal all unique to the individual child. By achieving this we will be able to observe the child’s wellbeing, care and learning. Forming positive relationships between staff and child helps towards identifying any further support that might be needed.
All observations, planning and learning journals are shared with parents. This then enables us to work together. If we feel we need to share our observations with outside agencies we would discuss this with the family allowing their input and if there are any concerns to go forward in reaching out to the right support.
When settling into Childsplay the Parents are given a starter pack providing them with information about the room they will be joining. Within this pack is our ‘one page profile form’ to be completed with the parents, this will give us an insight to the child’s personality, their interest giving the key person invaluable knowledge on how best to plan and support for the child. We will listen to the parents and the child’s views and will ensure this is all taken into consideration to ensure their needs are met. The starter pack also asks for information regarding a child who has English as a second language.
Once the child has started the appointed Key Person will do an assessment under the 7 areas of learning, combined with the initial assessment to help identify any concerns.