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Nursery changed Key Worker

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GreyKittyMakesWarms Tue 27-Sep-16 20:26:01

DD is 15m, goes to Nursery 3 days a week.

She started a few months ago and the Key Worker is generally chosen on which member of staff the child bonds with most. However DD is a social butterfly and loves all staff so hers was chosen as someone who had room as it was clear she wasn't bothered.

Today I've been told that from next week her KW will be changing. A member of staff has come back off ML and DD seems to have really attached to this woman plus a new little boy in DDs room seems to be really bonded with her current KW but she doesn't currently have room for anymore Key children.

I'm perfectly happy as long as my DD is happy and safe and well looked after etc however my concern is that it could be unsettling for DD. Her current KW will still be around but it'll be her new KW wherever possible doing nappy changes, mealtimes and any little outings with her - they sometimes go to the park, local supermarket and to their other baby nursery in groups of 4-6 with a ratio of 2:1 children:staff.

Can nursery change the KW without my/DHs permission? And could this unsettle my DD? She's only just getting used to the routine of nursery and I'm worried this could set her back.

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BackforGood Tue 27-Sep-16 22:47:41

Of course they can. Of course they don't 'need permission'. They have to manage the staffing and, indeed, all the dc in the Nursery, in the best way they can. They have a member of staff coming back from maternity leave so she obviously needs to come back to her job.
Your dd will be fine. Staff swap in and out all the time - they are used to people covering lunchbreaks or swapping shifts when new staff start their shift or others finish theirs. Different staff cover when they are off sick, or on annual leave, or on training courses and so on.
As long as room staff and KWs aren't been swapped about on a weely basis, then you've got no grounds to worry.

HSMMaCM Wed 28-Sep-16 08:12:21

She'll be fine. She's bonded with the returning lady, her old KW will still be in the room and won't turn her away if she needs her.

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cansu Sun 19-Feb-17 08:15:24

Ia this serious? You are being completely ridiculous and seem to have lost sight of what is normal. In a nursery your dd will be looked after by lots of staff. The key worker idea is in my experience mainly for the parents.

LessThanJacob Sun 19-Feb-17 08:16:13


GreenRut Sun 19-Feb-17 08:21:41

With the greatest of respect, op, I think you are massively over thinking this. Your dc is 15 months? She won't have a clue about any of it. In what way could it possibly 'set her back'? I really can't understand that thinking. My dc were in several different nurseries as babies / preschoolers and then on to school, they move teachers every year and teaching assistants come and go all the time throughout the school year. None of them have been set back by any of it!

sunshineglitterprincess Sun 19-Feb-17 08:40:18

From my experience a "key worker" is just the person who fills in the forms and progress on the child, but every member of staff will look after the child. I think you are crazy to worry

Amaried Sun 19-Feb-17 09:19:05

Ok you absolutely Abu . Of course they don't "need permission"!!
This largely is a optics role for parents business, none of my kids would ever have been able to tell me who their key worker was.. they asked the person nearest them if they wanted something

WheresTheEvidence Sun 19-Feb-17 09:28:22

I am a nanny but worked in a nursery. The keyworker is someone who is mainly on charge of writing up developmental records and being the person to chat with parents however as you can imagine when there are 3 people in 1 room caring for 9 children the roles overlap. I may see child a do something and write a quick observation despite it not being my child and I may be on breakfast duty when child b (not my child) arrives so I speak to parents about any issues etc. It is more about our person being aware of which children hey need your keep records on.

How do you I aging it works when your keyworker is off sick? Has her lunch break? Is on the early/late shifto? Do you think know your child doesn't get chance ged/fed/played with? That the other staff looking after their own children just ignore them in the corner. Of course not. While on the room all members of staff will play/chat/care for the babies/children. 1 member of staff may do the nappies (changing 15 nappies at the same time) and another may be sorting out lunch but other staff will be available to play/care.

Whilst it's great for unsettled new children to have a key worker it is best that the children are cared for by everyone in case the key workers is of/away/out the room rate in the I stances that they have a clingy baby who needs a lot of reassurance and makes it tricky for the staff member to do anything but cusdle/hold that child.

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