Settling In & Attachment.

Key Person Approach

John Bowlby was a pioneer of the Attachment Theory 1907-1990 his theory states that children have an innate need for attachment, this helps children feel safe and secure, particularly in the early years. This influenced the Key Person Approach within childcare and educational settings, we support this approach and have seen the positive effect these attachments have on children in our care.

At Footprints Day Nursery we aim to support families to help your child settle into Nursery life with ease, we do this by considering your child’s individual needs and circumstances of each child and their families. Our aim is for children to always feel safe, secure, stimulated, and happy in our nursery environment. The role of the key person is to provide a secure base for children, the key person may represent a secondary attachment figure to a child in our care. From creating strong relationships and attachments we can provide the child with the emotional support and build strong relationships they need to enable them to flourish and develop, this enables the child to feel safe enough to go off and explore on his/her own.

We work hard to build good relationships with our parents and build strong partnerships with our families. Our team of nursery practitioners know the importance of building strong attachments with children. They are trained to recognise the different stages of attachment and use this knowledge to support children and families settling into the nursery.

The nursery will work in partnership with parents to settle their child into the nursery environment by: