Staffing, Key Person Approach & working in Partnership with Parents
The staff team at the Purley Day Nursery includes qualified Early Years Practitioners (BA Hons, FDA/ N.N.E.B. / D.C.E. / BTEC/ NVQ3, and others), teachers and experienced nursery assistants. The Nursery employs suitably qualified Kitchen staff and from time to time also provide students, apprentices and trainees with relevant on the job Early Years’ practical experience. All staff, students, trainees and sub-contractors working with children at the Nursery are subject to OFSTED and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
The Key Person Approach
At the nursery we operate a system of key groups. This means that each child is allocated a Key Person (a member of staff) who is responsible for observing and recording progress, dealing with any issues that may arise, and catering for any specific or special needs. In addition to the Key Person, other members of staff within the key group are also involved with children in the group.
The key group approach represents a focal point for your child and ensures continuity of care as may be required from time to time. Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress and daily programme with their key person, and should feel free to contact them at any time.
The Key Person will capture all of your child’s learning and will talk with you about your child’s progress, providing an insight of their day at nursery, which can be shared informally at handovers at the beginning or end of the day, as well as through other means. Engaging in a conversation with your child’s Key Person can often produce useful information about new interests or experiences that can be used to plan exciting and challenging learning opportunities at nursery and further create activity ideas that can be shared with parents to do at home.
Working in Partnership with Parents
The nursery encourages the sharing of information with parents both on a daily basis and through parents’ evenings when you can book a time to discuss progress with their key person. Each key person is responsible for observing their key child, assessing their progress, and tracking their development through observations which are uploaded to EYLog, an online system where parents are able to access their child’s learning journey from home, to help keeping you regularly updated with their progress, as well as gaining an insight of their time at nursery through observations, photographs and videos. This also provides the opportunity for parents to share information through their own observations and photos.
The nursery regularly provides parents with information regarding the nursery through newsletters, posters, meetings, events, workshops and information evenings.
We believe that a parent’s involvement in nursery life enriches a child’s experience and we therefore invite and encourage parents and carers to become actively involved with the setting. Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a group made up of parent volunteers whose children attend our setting across the age groups, with the aim of narrowing the gap between parents and the setting, developing a partnership and involving parents in their children’s learning and development. Parents are encouraged to join the PTA, where they can share particular talents, help out, or simply join us on our different fun days, outings and events like our Sports Day and picnic.