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Key Person – Apprenticeship

Can you see the magic of a muddy puddle?, Do you see a stick or a wand? , Do you have lots of energy and initiative? , Do children fill you with awe and wonder?

Category : Others Salary : £ Experience(s) : 0 Year


The key person is a named practitioner who has responsibilities for a small group of children, they are there to help the child feel safe and secure, they will respond to children’s needs and help them settle into a new environment, communication is paramount between parent and key person as these discussions hold key information about the child. A Key person will be a point of contact for parents.


Apprentice Key Person

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help prepare and fully set out the playroom before the children arrive and tidy up after the children leave.
  • Listen to, encourage, enable, stimulate and ensure the safekeeping of the children.
  • Provide care, attention and nurture to the children as required
  • Help plan, prepare and implement activities to provide a balanced curriculum with regard to the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Washing and changing children as required
  • Be able to make and record regular observations of key children in order to have an informed picture of their development, so that relevant planning is made for them and plan the ‘next steps’.
  • Encourage parental involvement by keeping parents/carers fully informed of their child’s development and encouraging them to contribute.
  • Assist with maintaining discipline, in accordance with the behaviour management policy.
  • Support the recording of all accidents/incidents in the Accident Book.
  • Support the complete recording of any medication given to a child.
  • Liaise with supervisor (and SENCO as necessary) of any concerns about individual children.
  • Take children to the toilet and to wash their hands and as necessary change nappies.
  • Take part in outings and visits as required.
  • Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other


  • To contribute to a planned programme of activates suitable to the age range of children in conjunction with other staff
  • Uphold standards within the setting by adhering to all policies and procedures
  • Strive to safeguard children by working to the organisations safeguarding Code of Conduct
  • Ensure the child is collected by someone known to the setting
  • To be flexible within working practices of settings. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the setting. E.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment etc.
  • Look upon the setting as a “whole” where can you to ensure your time is utilised, be constantly aware of the needs of the children
  • To attend ALL out of working hours activities, e.g. Training, monthly staff meetings, parents/carers evenings, summer fayre, Christmas party, etc.


Person Specification


Attribute Essential Desirable
Knowledge and Experience Qualified Working knowledge of all aspects of the EYFS

Experience/understanding of Key worker principles, of observations and record keeping for the children

Knowledge of health and Safety procedures

Risk assessments

Qualifications NVQ level 2 or 3 in childcare, learning and development, or relevant equivalent

Paediatric first aid


Behaviour management training

Child protection training

Personal Qualities Friendly, open and honest

Excellent communication skills

Prepared to help where needed

Good team player

Sense of humour

Good rapport with the team

Ability to work to own initiative

Positive mental attitude

Supervisory Skills Good listening skills

Ability to form good relationships with parents

Manage challenging behaviour

Supporting junior staff

Communication Verbal Skills Ability to deal confidently with a range of people (children, parents, staff)

Able to maintain confidentiality

Ability to write clearly and concisely

Able to deal with difficult situations in a confident manner
Knowledge EYFS

Child Protection

Child Development

Safeguarding children


Equal opportunities

Special needs knowledge

Ofsted standards


Health and Safety Awareness of practical hygiene issues

Able to recognise and report Health or Safety Hazard

Child Protection Procedures

Risk Assessments

Promote cleanliness and maintenance of all areas of the nursery at all times
Organisational Skills To work with many interruptions

Quickly assess situations

Planning experience

Delegation of tasks
Physical Skills Capable of manual handling

Physically fit

Ability to lift and nurture children


Working conditions Ability to work in an environment with noise and interruptions

Ability to participate in all aspects of nursery work

Emotional Effort Passionate about quality care

To be fair

Be a good listener

To have empathy with babies, children, parents and staff


Ability to deal with sensitive issues

Sense of humour

Other Able to work flexible hours to comply with staff/child ratios

Able to attend out of work staff meetings and events

To promote the nursery at all times, in and out of working hours