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Understanding and using the Key Person approach

What are the objectives of the course?

  • To understand the ideas (theories of attachment) that underpin the Key Person approach
  • To recognise the benefits of the Key Person approach
  • To be aware of the challenges and dilemmas in the Key Person approach and how to overcome them
  • To reflect on own current practice and skills as a Key Person  and develop it further
What is the content of the course?

The activities during the training are varied and lively to give practitioners hands on activities to keep them engaged and interested. Experience of training a wide range of practitioners has shown this to be a highly effective way of developing practitioner understanding, confidence and skills and creating impact in a range of early years settings.
If training is delivered within a single early years setting, there is an opportunity for staff to work together to agree how to develop the Key Person approach in the setting. This is done through an action plan format.
If staff come from a range of settings, individual practitioners are encouraged to implement a development in their own practice e.g. develop closer relationships with identified children, create a common understanding of the Key Person approach in the setting, develop parent partnership etc.
This course links to the upcoming publication of a book "The Key person approach - How to support effective practice in your setting"

What is the duration of the course?

This course can be delivered:
  • as a two day course
  • over three staff meetings, twlights or evenings (2 hours each)
  • over 3 Saturdays short courses
This course will be adapted in light of the planned changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage document in 2011 and 2012

If you are interested in this course for your setting or a group or a group of settings, please contact me

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 Testimonials from practitioners who have attended the Key person course

"I really enjoyed the relaxed but also very informative atmosphere of the course."

Jayne Savage,
Busy Little Bees

"The most important thing I gained from the course was understanding the role of the Key Person and their value. It was an excellent course and gave lots of ideas to take back with me to my setting."

Amanda Wood,
Rosslyn School

"I really enjoyed the course, it was well organised and comfortable and informal. We were able to share ideas to take by back to work and put into practice."

Nadia Begum,
Hamd House

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