Understand the theories that underpin the key person approach

To develop an effective key person approach you need to understand what it's all about. Section one of the key person course will help you understand and embed knowledge about the key person approach and it's links with attachment theory.

Observing attachment behaviour in short observation video clips opens up discussion and reflection on the theories, what they look like in practice and how this knowledge can be linked to daily practice. 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

  • Understand the basics of attachment theory
  • Understand the basics of early brain development
  • Find out how these theories are linked to the key person approach
  • See what 'tuned in' sensitive responses look like
  • Become confident at talking about the theories that support your practice
  • Develop an approach that works for you and supports the children and parents in your setting

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

SESSION 1.1 - ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF A KEY PERSON

Finding out what you think are the essential attributes of a key person

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SESSION 1.1 – ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF A KEY PERSON

This course session covers:

  • Finding out what you think are the essential attributes of a key person

Length of session:

The session should take between 20 to 30 minutes

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SESSION 1.2 - UNDERSTANDING ATTACHMENT

Find out about attachment, early brain development and the importance of sensitive interactions

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SESSION 1.2 – UNDERSTANDING ATTACHMENT

This course session covers:

  • What is Attachment
  • Secondary attachments
  • Insecure attachments
  • Early brain development
  • The importance of sensitive interactions

Length of session:

The session should take between 30 to 40 minutes

 

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SESSION 1.3 - 'TUNING IN'

This task based section will help you fine tune your skills of being able to 'tune in' to your key children

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SESSION 1.3 – ‘TUNING IN’

This task based section will help you fine tune your skills of being able to ‘tune in’ to your key children

Length of session:

The session should take between 20 to 25 minutes

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SESSION 1.4 - PROVIDING A SECURE BASE & A SAFE HAVEN

Find out about the theory and see what it looks like in practice.

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SESSION 1.4 – PROVIDING A SECURE BASE & A SAFE HAVEN

This course session covers:

  • Why children need a secure base and a safe haven
  • What these behaviours looks like in practice
  • How this can be provided for children in a nursery or setting

Length of session:

The session should take between 30 to 40 minutes

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SESSION 1.5 - PROXIMITY MAINTENANCE & SEPARATION DISTRESS

Find out why children seek proximity to an attachment figure and why they show separation distress

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SESSION 1.5 – PROXIMITY MAINTENANCE & SEPARATION DISTRESS

This course session covers:

  • Why children seek proximity to an attachment figure
  • Why they show separation distress when separated from them
  • What these behaviours looks like in practice
  • How you can support children with these behaviours in a nursery or setting

Length of session:

The session should take between 30 to 40 minutes

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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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