What are the practicalities of the role of the key person?

Developing an effective key person approach which is centred around quality interactions with children and parents has practical and organisational issues that will need to be thought about. Section two of the key person course will help you think about this in the context of your setting. It also looks at the importance of supervision and how staff members can support each other. 

Observing key people in action in short observation video clips opens up discussion and reflection on the theories that were covered in section one. Seeing what attachment behaviour can look like in settings and what issues may arise (both practical and emotional) can support practitioners to reflect on their own practice and experiences. This leads to an action plan being formed after each session, making sure the training leads to practical and physical results for your team and your setting.

Everyone involved will quickly get used to the format and allowing your staff members the safety of being able to discuss the practice seen in the videos is great for starting discussion and reflection on current practice. It's a method advocated by a recent Ofsted research report, read more about it here READ ARTICLE


Meet your presenter

Kate Reed



With over 25 years experience working with young children and related services and provision, Kate Reed is a leading figure in the delivery of inspirational Early Years and Primary education and training.

Kate has a particular interest in how babies and young children think and learn and also keenly advocates the importance of emotional well-being as a key factor to learning, developing.


What will you learn from this course

  • Why quality interactions during key times and care routines are so important and how to make the most of this
  • Why the relationship between key person, parent/carer & child is crucial and how to develop trust
  • Understanding the emotional issues that may arise when practicing a key person approach
  • How to organise an for an effective key person approach and support each other as a team
  • Why the key person is in the best position to support play & learning and the importance of sustained shared thinking

How can I use this course?

  • Real examples clearly illustrate theories producing engaging and memorable learning
  • Compliments in house training, 1-2-1 supervision training and CPD
  • The interface is easy to use and great for showing on a large screen for group sessions
  • Great for inspiring group discussions amongst staff teams
  • Encourages thought and reflection on current practice
  • Offers flexible learning at a time and pace convenient to you
  • Login to your account from any computer and use the courses to train any staff member within your setting
  • Great for a new staff inductions for understanding the approach used at your setting

Julian Grenier,
Head of Sheringham Children's Centre

"A course like this is just what many of us have needed for a long time in the early years... the power of the video clips makes this course stand apart."

How does the course work?


Print your facilitators guides and task sheets, then watch the short video, presented by Kate, which introduces the theory relevant to each of the sessions


Get ready to observe with observation tasks designed to get you thinking. Now watch the observation style video clips, making notes on your task sheet as you watch


It's time for reflection and discussion, what did you observe and how might your thoughts about this affect your practice? What did your team think?


Are there any changes that need to be put in place? Use your thoughts to come up with an action plan, this can be for individuals and for the whole team. 


Course curriculum designer

Anne O'Connor



Anne is an experienced, freelance early years trainer and writer with over 20 years of teaching and leadership in nursery, infant and primary schools in inner London.

Previously an Associate Tutor at the Institute of Education (London University) and the University of Cumbria, Anne is a longstanding Associate Trainer with Early Education and an independent education consultant offering consultation and training on a wide range of aspects of early years pedagogy. These include attachment and wellbeing, transitions, equalities and diversity as well as physical development. As an experienced adoptive parent, Anne also provides support for schools and settings working with adoptive families and children in care.



Course sessions


Explore the benefits for key children and key people of using a shared care system with in the setting.

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This course session covers:

  • What is shared care
  • Why shared care is important
  • How a shared care system can be put in place in your setting

Length of session:

The session should take between 20 to 30 minutes



Explore the importance of using regular, repeated routines like eating, sleeping and changing for warm, sensitive, personal interactions

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This course session covers:

  • Why are sensitive, warm interactions during care routines essential
  • How can you ensure care routines are carried out in this way
  • Looking at organisational issues for practitioners to make the most of these times

Length of session:

The session should take between 30 to 40 minutes




This session explores the sometimes difficult area of the key person approach of love and caring in a professional capacity

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This course session covers:

  • Looks at the concept professional love and it’s complexities
  • Responding with unconditional positive regards
  • The need for supervision when practitioners develop close relationships with their key children

Length of session:

The session should take about 40 minutes



Explores the important role the key person plays in supporting the child’s attachment to their primary caregivers

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This course session covers:

  • Why working in partnership parents and primary care givers is so important
  • What are the barriers to building trusting relationships
  • Supporting the key person to build effective relationships between the child, their parents/primary care giver

Length of session:

The session should take between 30 to 40 minutes



Find out how the key person can best support their key children's play and learning

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This course session covers:

  • Why the key person is so crucial for supporting their key children’s play and learning
  • What is shared sustained thinking
  • Following the child’s interests
  • Using effective observations to support play and learning

Length of session:

The session should take between 30 to 40 minutes


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course is available to rent for a year. You choose when to go through the course as it's entirely self-paced. You can go back and forth between sessions when ever you like.

How do I access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own. All you need is a reasonable internet connection. 

Are there any guides to help me facilitate the course?

Yes, for each session there are facilitators guides and task sheets for course participants. You can print out as many as you like. 

Can I get course certificates for my staff? 

If you would like Completion certificates for staff members who have participated in the course just get in contact with us and they can be purchased at a cost of £7.99 per course student.

We will need their email address and they will need to complete a short questionnaire to receive their certification.

What is our definition of a Setting and who can I use the course with?

Our definition of a setting is one establishment that cares for young children. You can use the training materials for any staff members that are employed and work at your setting. If you would like to licence this course for a chain of educational settings or for an establishment who's primary focus is training rather than the care and education of children please contact Katrina at info@sirenfilms.co.uk

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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