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The Key Person

When your child starts The Co-operative Pre-school sessions, he or she will be assigned a Key Person who is a qualified Early Years Practitioner.

The Key Person is a positive role model and will help your child:

• Make friends

• Behave appropriately and control emotions

• Cope with little things going wrong

• Talk confidently to adults

• Tackle new challenges

• Solve problems

• Look after their belongings

• Respect other children’s belongings

• Develop independence

Promoting independence

Children develop independence when they have the reassurance and guidance of someone they can trust, and the Key Person provides that support. Our approach is to give children access to lots of resources, so they can have a goat different activities and choose what to learn next. The Key Person encourages this, guiding everything from washing hands to choosing from a variety of activities to expressing opinions and asking for help.


We support our staff to continue their professional development throughout their careers. We commit to having at least one graduate-level staff member at each of our settings. We provide in-service training and encourage all our staff to work towards higher qualifications.

Early Talk communication training

Staff are trained to develop the skills and knowledge required to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The courses have been independently shown to enhance the learning environment for all children and have a long-term positive impact on staff and practice. As a Licensee with I CAN, the children’s communication charity, we also have trained professionals who can deliver the Early Talk I CAN Programme to our staff. This helps them to support children aged five and under to develop thespeech, language and communication skills they’ll need when starting school.

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