The Key Person Approach
The nursery operates a key person approach in order to provide the best possible working relationship for each child and their family and to ensure that individual needs are recognized and supported. For more information on how the nursery operates the key person approach please refer to the policy.
Sharing of Information
The nursery encourages the sharing of information both on a daily basis and through 3 monthly parent’s days when parents can book a time to discuss progress with their key person. Each key person is responsible for collecting a portfolio of evidence for their key child’s developmental profile. This is looked upon as being a shared document and parents and carers are encouraged to provide information through their own observations and photos to also be included. Parent observation sheets are provided and placed on the home observation board. We rely on parents to keep us updated on their child’s progress at home and concerning any changes to routine, diet and general health and well-being. Each child’s individual planning sheet has a parents’ contribution box so that information regarding the child’s current interests and learning at home is taken into account to help inform the planning choices made by staff. We strongly believe that the more information shared between the nursery and a parent regarding the child’s learning leads to improved outcomes for the children.
The nursery regularly provides parents with information regarding the nursery through newsletters, posters, profile meetings and information evenings.
Involvement in the Nursery
We believe that a parent’s involvement in nursery life enriches a child’s experience and we therefore invite and encourage parents and carers to become actively involved from sharing particular talents, reading a story (particularly in a different home language) to simply joining us on our different fun days and events.
Mother’s are welcome to visit the nursery during the day to breastfeed their child and parents can observe their children from another area if they wish to check on how they are settling into the nursery.
Families who have English as an additional language
The nursery is committed to ensuring all families feel welcome and included in the setting and we have adopted certain practices to help support families with EAL. We also support children within the setting by using lots of visual aids, signing, props and puppets, labels and signs in home languages, multi-language books and tapes and finding out key words to help with communication to name but a few.
Induction and Transitions
When initially settling a new child into the nursery, we work together with the parents to devise the best induction programme that will help both the child and their parents become confident with the nursery routines and familiar with the staff. Photos of the nursery and key person will be left with the child, hopefully easing the transition of settling-in to a new environment.
Before a child is due to move up from another unit to another room their key person will take them on integration visits, slowly building up the amount of time they spend in the room.
We also prepare the older children for starting school by planning school visits and working on the topic of ‘Moving up to Big School’ during the summer.
The nursery operates an ‘open-door’ policy with regard to discussing any concerns with parents and we are committed to working together to resolve any problems or worries about a child or the care that they receive.
If a parent has a concern about their child, they are encouraging to speak to their child’s key person. Any other issues regarding the nursery should be taken to the nursery manager who can organize a meeting, if appropriate, to discuss them. If the parent is unhappy with the outcome and feels it has not been successfully resolved, they should follow the nursery’s complaints procedure.
Parents will be invited for a parent meeting with children’s key workers every 3 months to discuss their children’s development and progress as well as any concern they may have.