A ‘key person’ opens doors to better learning

It is crucial to designate a member of staff to each child who can help them to settle in and act as a point of contact for parents, says early years specialist Helen Pinnington – and yet some schools are overlooking this part of the statutory framework

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I sat on the sofa, nervously checking the clock and awaiting the knock at the door. I was very much aware of being “in the parents’ shoes” for the first time. Over the years, I had experienced many home visits as a Reception teacher. I knew what to expect – even so, I found myself cleaning the house and telling my child not to hide behind the sofa (the very same things I always try to reassure parents not to worry about).

Like most parents experiencing the build-up to the milestone of their first child starting school, I felt a mixture of excitement, nerves and high expectations.

My biggest ...

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