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 Keyperson.
A Keyperson 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 role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS, which is working sucessfully in the Nursery/Pre-school, it involves the Keyperson in responding sensitively to children's feelings, behaviour and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting, and supporting children's well-being.
The Keyperson supports physical needs too, nappy changing, toileting, dressing and eating. The Keyperson is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and one who builds realtionships with the child's parents or carers.
Records of development and care are created and shared by the Keyperson, Parents and the Child. Small groups foster close bonds between the child and the Keyperson in a way that large groups cannot easily do.
The Keyperson is able to "tune into" children's play and their conversation to really get to know the children in the group well. Children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result become more capable learners.