Leading Aspect Award – our Key Person Approach.

At Lake street Playgroup we are embarked upon the Leading Aspect Award. This is a national award focusing on an area of our practice that has been highlighted as being exemplary.
Our Key Person Approach is the area that has been highlighted and is one of the vital principals in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is a reciprocal relationship between a member of staff, individual child and their family. It provides the child with a sense of security so that they feel confident to explore their world and form further relationships.
The Key Person has an ‘invisible elastic thread’ of attachment to their key child, holding them in mind throughout their time at playgroup.
The role of the Keyperson is to know their individual child and to support their sense of identity and individuality. They need to be aware of their individual child’s and family’s needs, preferences and development.
The Key Person will usually be the person who welcomes the child and carer to the playgroup and helps to settle the child into the session. They would also be the main person providing the child’s intimate care such as nappy changing, putting to sleep and physical closeness. Any information shared with the parents is also done mainly through the Key Person.  The Key Person makes time to meet with parents and families to discuss the child development and learning and are available at parent get togethers such as parent mornings where you can also meet other parents.
As a Leading Aspect of Playgroup’s practice this is an area of continuing development so that other settings can learn by our example, and so parents and carers can develop an understanding of the benefits to them and their child.

Playgroup submitted the application in February 2012 and we are receiving our assessment visit in February 2014.