The Role of the Key Person


In this course, learn about the role of the key person and the relationship the key person needs to build with the child’s parents. Explore how to promote a child’s personal, social, and emotional development and gain a better understanding of what this means in day-to-day practice. Look at factors that affect a child’s ability to develop loving, secure relationships and study children’s key emotional needs. You will also explore how children develop friendships.

This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that it is important to develop a good relationship with the children in your setting
  • You will learn about the attributes of a practitioner who cares well for others
  • You will learn how to show wisdom and skill in deciding when something that is said to you should remain confidential and when it should be passed on

Advantages of this course

  • This course looks at the importance of the role of a key person in a childcare setting. The role is a legal requirement in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is crucial in a child’s personal, social, and emotional development. A key person, working in partnership with parents/carers, can support a child to relate well to others, make friends and feel secure.
  • Gain access to resources to support starting and building upon a relationship with both the child and the parents, and find out more about attachment theory
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge