Early Years Guidance For Parents

Early Years Guidance For Parents:-

The link below is for a document that has been published by the Foundation Years organisation with the approval of the Department for Education.  It is designed to help parents to understand the stages of early learning and development that their children will go through. 
These are average stages and parents should not  be concerned if their child is less advanced in some areas.


The Key Person

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. At Golders Hill School, 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, cared for and will be responsible for planning for the needs of the children, their next steps, updating of their learning journal and report and record keeping. Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person, parents and the child.

The role is an important one and an approach set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage which is working successfully in many settings and in Reception classes. It involves the key person (and of course the other staff in the room) in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class and supporting the child’s well-being. The key person supports physical needs too, helping with issues like nappy changing, toileting and dressing. That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and one who builds relationships with the child and parents or carers. At Golders Hill School, whilst we understand the importance of the children being assigned to a key person, the child will also build secondary relationships with other staff in the school, which is important in order to help every child feel settled, secure, happy and supported. The key person (especially in Pre-Nursery) will share the closest bond with the child, so that all children can learn to the very best of their ability.

Why Attachment Matters

What is attachment and why is it important for young children? Attachments are the emotional bonds that young children develop with parents and other carers such as their key person. Children with strong early attachments cry less when separated. They engage in more pretend play and sustain attention for longer. When children feel safe, they are more inclined to try things out and be more independent. They are confident to express their ideas and feelings and feel good about themselves. Attachment influences a child’s immediate all-round development and future relationships.

Source: Early Years Matters