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Each family at Pre-school is assigned a Key person.

A key workers main duties are to;

  • Support the settling in period and assist the family to integrate into the pre-school
  • Converse with Parents at start and finish of the sessions (as time allows).
  • Keep a watchful eye on the child in the first few sessions
  • To provide for the emotional needs of the child, for example, to comfort and re-assure the child at any times of distress.
  • To care for the child, for example, to assist with toileting as necessary.
  • To plan in conjunction with parents/guardians a play plan for each child, ensuring that account is taken of each child’s race, culture, religion, language and family values by: observing, keeping records and monitoring the child’s progress.
  • Liaising with parents, encouraging them to contribute their expertise on their own child.
  • To develop day to day rapport with parents, informing them of their child’s activities and being available, especially at the beginning and end of each session (as time allows), to answer queries.
  • To meet/talk to parents at a mutually agreed time if it is not possible for discussions at the start or end of a session
  • To contribute information about individual children’s needs to the planning of the pre-school’s curriculum framework whilst respecting confidentiality as necessary.
  • To liaise, in conjunction with parents, with statutory/professional personnel as necessary.

It is important to recognise that a Key person does not;

  • Shadow her children throughout the session
  • Liaise only with their key group of children
  • Prevent other staff members from developing a relationship with her their key children.

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