EYFS Staff and key workers

EYFS Leader Miss M Johnson

FS2 (Reception) Teachers Miss A Moody FS1 (Nursery) Teacher Miss M Johnson

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Miss Z Ward, Level 6 Practitioner Mrs N Hetherington and Teaching Assistants Mrs M Moody and Mrs L Ellis


In Early Years we operate a Key Worker system. This means that on entering our Early Years setting your child will be allocated a Key Worker who will be yours and your child’s first point of contact.  A Key Worker has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and card for and building relationships with their parents and carers.

Shared care

  • A key person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour
  • A key person talks to parents to make sure that the child is being cared for appropriately for each family
  • A close emotional relationship with a key person in the setting does not undermine children’s ties with their own parents
  • Careful records of the child’s development and progress are created and shared by parents, the child, the key person and other professionals as necessary

 Secure Attachment

  • A key person helps the baby or child to become familiar with the setting and to feel confident and safe within it
  • A key person develops a genuine bond with children and offers a settled, close relationship
  • When children feel happy and secure in this way they are confident to explore and to try out new things
  • Even when children are older and can hold special people in mind for longer there is still a need for them to have a key person to depend on in the setting, such as their teacher or teaching assistant


  • Babies and children become independent by being able to depend upon adults for reassurance and comfort
  • Children’s independence is most obvious when they feel confident and self assured, such as when they are in their own home with family, or with friends and familiar carers such as a key person
  • Babies and children are likely to be much less independent when they are in new situations, such as a new group or when they feel unwell or anxious

Mrs Hetherington – Acorns Key Worker

Mrs Moody – Little Acorns Key Worker

Mrs Ellis – Little Acorns Key Worker