Good relationships between children and the practitioners who care for them are essential for effective childcare provision. Building positive relationships is vital and, as one of the four primary themes outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, it’s not something that should be overlooked. By the end of this course, students will understand the importance of positive relationships, and the need for a key person in the learning environment, who the child (and his or her parents) can trust.
Understand the Role of a Key Person
Once the course is completed, students will understand the role of the key person, and the relationship that they need to build between themselves and a child’s parents or primary caregivers. Having a solid relationship between the two is essential if you wish to provide the child with well-rounded personal, social and emotional development.
Appointing a Key Person is a legal requirement of the EYFS framework document, and if you’re hoping to take on the job role in the future, you need to be prepared for the responsibilities that come with it and understand how to become a key worker.
Feeling accepted and cared for is a great foundation on which a child can build positive relationships, confidence and independence, and it is these building blocks that will help them to thrive within your setting. Confidence and happiness are core elements of a child’s development, and this feeling of acceptance will remain with them well into their future.
Key Learning Points
While this course is predominantly aimed at those working, or wishing to work, within a nursery setting, it can also be beneficial to practitioners working in a variety of early years learning environments.
- Learn about the role of the key person, and the relationship that the key person needs to build with the child, and their parents. Identify some of the key attributes that a key person should demonstrate in order to offer an effective childcare provision.
- Learn how to promote personal, social and emotional development and gain a better understanding of what this means in your practice.
- Identify some of the factors that can affect a child’s ability to build a positive relationship and explore some of the key emotional needs that they may experience.
- Gain insight into how children develop friendships. Once in your setting, make observations that can help support your findings.
- Learn how to use ‘tell me about’ cards to write something about a child in your care that you can give to their parents – this doesn’t have to be an important milestone, but it’s a great way of forming a relationship with parents.
Advantages of this course
- Study online, when it is convenient to do so. There’s no need to worry about deadlines, because there aren’t any!
- Technical support is available to help you with the courseware, if you need assistance.
- Diverse range of articles, links and information sheets that help to reinforce the important role of the Key Person, as well as how essential a positive partnership with parents really is.
- In-depth video, multimedia quiz, downloadable activity sheets, PowerPoint presentations and tutorials to help students to absorb the knowledge, regardless of their learning style.
- Finish the unit in style by passing the 10-question multiple choice assessment to the best of your ability.
- Combine with other courses that are aimed at Academic for an all-round view of EYFS, childcare and some of the skills required for effective provision of your service.
- Gain the knowledge required to build a solid base on which to extend your training and progress towards your career goals. The role of a Key Person can be an incredibly rewarding one, and you could be that person!
If you have attributes such as cheerfulness, empathy, tolerance and compassion, becoming a Key Person in a childcare or education setting could be the avenue for you. Sign up to this course to help you along your path and learn how to be a key worker today!