Benefits Of The Day Care Key Worker System
Parents and children at your day care deserve the best possible care and attention. Supporting and representing each age group at day care should be the all important key worker. When necessary, the key worker communicates information pertaining to the children to staff and parents having already formed crucial relationships with both children and families. The emotional and physical health of the child, and the foundations for their overall development are supported thanks to this consistency and continuity of care.
Settling the child into day care with minimum stress is achieved through regular communication with the parents. The key worker absorbs every jot of information about the child/parent relationship in order that they may use that knowledge to ease the transition to day care. Development plans and progress reports for each individual child are also maintained by the key worker. These help chart the interests and behaviour of the child and any changes therein.
It is important to bring the worlds of home and day care together and that is a major aspect of the role of key worker. He/she uses the knowledge gleaned from parents to form a bond with the child which provides for continuity of relationship. The child is also encouraged to form relationships with the other carers so that there won't be too much upset should their key worker be unavailable.
If you have a key worker system in place at your day care you should develop a policy explaining how it works and include a summary in your parent/employee handbook. Staff need to understand the importance of the key worker and the commitment involved in being that key intermediary figure. The policy should ensure that all parties are aware of the benefits of this approach for all concerned.
Published February 23rd, 2009