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Our Team

We are very proud of our outstanding team at Overton Preschool Playgroup. All of our keypersons are parents of children who have attended the Playgroup.


All of our staff are qualified to NVQIII or NVQIIII, and with Foundation Degrees in Early Years, with the exception of one part-time member of staff. Each staff member holds a First Aid certificate and safeguarding qualifications. All members of the Leadership team are also keypersons to children.​ The Manager works across both settings; our dedicated SENCO also provides support to both settings.

What is a keyperson?

When your child starts at Playgroup, your family will be assigned to a keyperson. This person is a member of staff who will work with you and monitor your child’s learning and development journey. The role of a keyperson is to introduce your family and child to the Playgroup, to be your child’s special friend in the group and build up a close relationship that helps your child to settle quickly and easily.


You will be able to talk to your keyperson in confidence about your child, including any special needs, medical and dietary requirements and any pet words that are useful at home for toilet, drink etc. Your keyperson will keep a watchful eye on your child, assist him or her to join in the activities and keep you informed on how your child is settling into Playgroup in his or her early days.


The keyperson will be responsible for keeping a record of your child’s progress by making regular observations. All new developments will be noted and recorded and a structured plan will then be formulated according to your child’s needs. In doing this the keyperson will liaise with you and you may discuss your child’s progress with them, helping to keep our records up to date with developments that take place at home. Whilst doing this you will be able to help develop and review our structured plans.


If you have any worries about your child in or out of Playgroup, the keyperson will be able to discuss this with you. Your keyperson will observe confidentiality as necessary.

All Children have a Learning Development Journey that documents the time they spend in setting.

Our aims for your children

  • to become excited, enthusiastic, curious and confident about learning

  • to be resilient and ready to take on all that is on offer

  • to be confident to ask questions, take risks and find solutions

  • to feel safe, secure and cared for

  • to know they are at the forefront of their keyperson's mind

  • to feel that the contributions they make are valued and respected

  • to have a broad range of knowledge and skills gained through everyday experiences

  • to be active and healthy

  • to feel that their efforts will be recognised and celebrated

  • to be comfortable to communicate their thoughts, ideas and needs in their own way

  • to be independent using self-care skills

  • to start to develop their turn taking and co-operation skills

  • to be comfortable in approaching others

  • to start to develop an awareness of their own emotions and behaviour as well as being able to reflect on them

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