Key person approach

‘The (key person) role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child become familiar with the setting (people around them and the environment), offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents. Children learn to be strong and independent from the base of loving and secure relationships with parents and a Key Person’, EYFS 2017’.

At Choochoos we provide a key person/buddy (another practitioner in key person’s absence) approach daily for our children. Choochoos believes this approach is vital to the well being and development of the children within our care. Relationships start from day one of settling (normally home visit) for any child and continues to develop and form throughout your child’s time at Choochoos. Children can change key person as they grow and make transitions through the setting. We ensure any transition is a smooth one, with care and consideration for all involved, including parents and carers.



We asked our practitioners, ‘What does it mean to be a key person to a child attending Choochoos & what is it they do for their key children?’

Our practitioners answered:

  • To form a secure attachment with both child and parent.
  • The child must trust you.
  • Be aware of any fears.
  • A caring loving relationship.
  • Track and record progress.
  • Have a ‘Mummsy’ persona.
  • Promote independence/toileting.
  • Know their likes and dislikes, in general, at home and with food.

 ‘Choochoos key person approach is brilliant, informative and professional’, (Parent, November 2020).