• Even when children are older and can hold special people in mind for longer there is still a need for them to have a Key Person to depend on in the setting, such as their teacher or a teaching assistant.” – These guidelines came under the “Positive Relationships” principle, and whilst online access to this has now been archived, the translation of these points in to practice formed the initial focus of this piece of research. 3) When staff shares positive bonds with children’s families, it helps the staff feel more connected, valued, rewarded and appreciated.
Staff can more easily respond to children’s needs by understanding a child’s relationship with their parents, carers and siblings.
Although this knowledge is good, I would have liked you to focus more on the benefits to children of different types of relationships, such as friendships etc. The “Key Person” role is to build positive relationships with particular children, and work closely with the families of those children.
The term “Key Worker” refers to a role which involves communicating with different professionals to ensure that services coordinate and to work at a more systemic, strategic level within nurseries (Elfer, Goldschmied &Selleck, 2005).
With this information, adults can ensure that their play with children is fun, that the content of their conversations is relevant, and those they communicate respect for children’s origins.
Whenever possible, this kind of information exchange should be as reciprocal as possible.
Recognition of the impact of early attachments on outcomes for children as they develop is well established as noted by Thompson (2008).
Thompson notes that the reasons behind this are not clear, though he draws attention to the literature which suggests sensitivity is an important factor.
This may be quite relevant to understanding the relationships between Key Persons and children in Early Years settings, as the Key Person’s sensitivity to the child’s needs may be paramount to the dynamics of their relationship.
The “Key Person” role is the focus of this particular study.
The current government guidance on the role of the Key Person seems to place great weight on attachment theory as a driving point for the development of positive relationships in the Early Years.