Fulfilling the Role of the Key Person

In this course learners will be taught about the role of the key person and the relationship the key person needs to build with the child's parents. They will learn 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. They will look at factors that react a child's ability to develop loving, secure relationships and look at children's key emotional needs. They will also explore how children develop friendships. This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Learning outcomes:

Learners will learn that it is important to develop a good relationship with the children in their setting

Learners will learn about the attributes of a practitioner who cares well for others

Learners will learn how to show wisdom and skill in deciding when something that is said to them 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. 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. This lesson offers resources to support starting and building upon a relationship with both the child and the parents, and includes details on attachment theory. Additional activities encourage the learner to react on the learning.

There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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