Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. This is normally provided by a child’s parents but it can also be provided by a key person. 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. The key person responds sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or room, and supporting the child’s well-being.
Attachments are the emotional bonds that young children develop with parents and other carers such as their key person.
Within our nursery we believe that all staff should have strong relationships with all the children, within the room we all help the children settle and build strong relationships with them. If your key person is not at nursery then you will have a 'buddy' keyworker that will complete observations etc.