At Totstars Pre-school, we recognise that parents/carers are by far, the most important people in the lives of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
We see that it is of great importance that there is an identified member of staff that both the child and the parent/carer can develop a close professional relationship with.
The role of the key worker is to develop with both the child and parent/carers a trusting, caring relationship. During the gradual admission process we will introduce the parent/carer to their child’s key worker. The child can then be passed over to their key worker in the mornings and in their absence, other staff members, with whom they will also build a relationship.
The key worker takes on many important functions such as easing separation from parent/carer, meeting the individual needs of the child (i.e. one-to-one interaction during changing, feeding and comforting), relating information to parents, assessment and record keeping and liaising with outside agencies.